The official website of the IRS officers belonging to the Income Tax department was today hacked. Officials said the website — irsofficersonline.gov.in — was hacked late evening and a message posted on the wall of the portal read “Pak Cyber Thunders. Hacked by Pak MOnster!” The website, they said, has been rendered inaccessible as of now. A screen grab of the hacked site read: “shame on your security. Your site is hacked is because of your high security!” along with messages like “Pakistan Zindabad”. Incidentally, the same portal was hacked in February last year and messages such as “Pakistan Zindabad” and “we are team Pak cyber attacker” were posted on it.
The website acts as an official communicator for work between the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the I-T department’s field offices in the country. They said the technical team handling the website has sent a report in this regard to the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), which is the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify defences of the Indian internet domain.
Officials said a security audit will be undertaken of the website, adding no sensitive or secret information was uploaded on the universal resource locator (URL) of the IRS community working in the I-T department.
Back in February, a hacking incident was reported by the various news agencies. Vrious reports, quoting sources had reported that Home Ministry website has been hacked. However, putting an end to all the rumours about hacking of official website of Home Ministry, a top official has confirmed that no such incident took place and said that the site was blocked since it was under construction. “There has been no hacking. The site is under construction, that is why it’s down,” an official had said.
With inputs from IANS