According to the New Indian Express, as many as 7 Indian embassy websites were hacked by a group who supposedly exhibited support in favor of Pakistan in the messages posted on the websites.
This is not the first time a website of Indian origin has been hacked. Last year in May, one of India’s popular website [gaana.com] was also hacked by someone who goes by the name Mak Man. The identity of the hacked was later discovered and it was found out in a surprising manner that the hacked belong to Pakistan and he was based in Lahore.
In a fresh incident of hacking, the hackers who call themselves ‘Intruder’ and ‘Romantic’ have posted the following messages on the hacked websites:
“Embassy of India in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Has Been OWNED, Hey Indian Government, Do not Mess With Us Pakistan Army Zindabad, Aata Majhi Satakli? Do not Be Panic We Rock And U Shock Salute to Pakistan Army! Pakistan Zindabad! Feel The Power of Pakistan”
Following is the list of 7 Indian embassy websites that are hacked:
- 1. Embassy of India in Athens, Greece
- 2. Consulate General of India, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- 3. Embassy of India in Bucharest, Romania
- 4. Embassy of India in Ankara, Turkey
- 5. Embassy of India to Mexico
- 6. High Commission of India, Pretoria, South Africa
- 7. Embassy of India Dushanbe, Tajikistan
A representative from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad declined to comment on the issue.
Apparently, 4 Indian embassy websites have been restored while 3 (Athen, Ankara and Dushanbe) are still defaced. When they discovered about hacking, the authorities left a message to their visitors which stated that:
“We’ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment”
These are quite common practices between the two rival nations since there have been constant attacks from sides of the border since at least 1998. Recently, Indian hackers defaced Lahore High Court’s website twice in a row while Pakistani hackers attacked NIT Raipur’s website.