Putting 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,” he told IANS.
Earlier in the day it was reported that Ministry of Home Affairs’ website was hacked by an unknown source and in an immediate response the authorities have temporarily blocked it.
A source by quoted by news agency, “The Ministry of Home Affairs website was hacked today, prompting authorities to temporarily block it,” he said. He further confirmed that the response teams are looking into the matter and are trying to find the elements responsible for the mischief.
Last month, a similar incident was suspected that Pakistan-affiliated operatives had hacked the official website of the elite National Security Guard (NSG) and defaced it with a profanity-laden message against the Prime Minister and anti-India content.
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Last year, Twitter accounts of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and party’s official account were hacked in a gap of few hours. Hackers posted abusive tweets from both the accounts but all the posts were removed within 30 minutes. Back then, even party’s official website was hacked. Rahul Gandhi responded to the incident by saying, “It’s a huge question mark on the digital security.” A FIR was also registered into the hacking of Gandhi’s Twitter account on the basis of the complaint filed.
Over last four years, more than 700 websites of various central and state government departments have been hacked making cyber security a major issue in the country. a total of 8,348 persons were arrested for their involvement in cyber crimes, according to official data released this month.