NEW DELHI — The Ministry of Home Affairs website was hacked on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily block it, an official said.
The MHA website was immediately blocked by the National Informatics Centre after hacking was noticed.
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Computer emergency response teams are looking into the incident, the official said. Further details were awaited.
PTI reported that the website was hacked “prompting the authorities to temporarily block it.”
However, senior MHA officials are confused about the reported hacking of the website, they said, “The website is down since yesterday. The NIC (national informatics centre) is trying to find out the reason.”
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“We are not sure about the website being hacked. Pending investigation by the NIC, the website has been blocked,” the officials said.
The report of MHA website being hacked comes close on the heels of the hacking of NSG (national security guard) portal last month.
The hackers called themselves ‘Alone Injector‘ and left a ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ message on the website. The authorities had then, too, taken down the website to recover and repair it.
Last month, suspected 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.
More than 700 websites of various central and state government departments were hacked in the past four years and a total of 8,348 persons were arrested for their involvement in cyber crimes, according to official data released this month.