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Indian Government Websites Hacked

112 Indian government websites were hacked in the last three months, according to Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and IT. The hacked websites were part of government agencies belonging to Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, and Manipur. Also included were the Ministry of Finance, Health, Planning Commission, and Human Resource Development, according to India Times.

The website of state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was attacked for the fourth time on December 4, by a Pakistani hacker group called “H4tr!ck.” In fact, at least 22 websites under the Rajasthan state government were destroyed by hackers, mostly from Pakistan, in February. They deleted or stole data from the various sites of important departments including technical education, college education and finance, according to sources cited by India Times.

The hacked websites belong to agencies in the government of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur and also the agencies of Ministry of Finance, Health, Planning Commission and Human Resource Development.

Based on the analysis of web server logs, the agencies were requested by the government to strengthen their security measures. The counter measures to patch the exploited vulnerabilities were handed over to the agencies by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

As reported by ZDnet, most of the state government’s websites are very poor in security. Many of them run on a single server. For example the websites of Rajasthan government. This will make them more vulnerable to attacks as, if a hacker can exploit any of this website, he can simultaneously access the related ones.

According to the press release, Government plans to implement the following steps to strengthen the security.

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