Well what to say? First Bangladeshis and now even the Pakistanis are owning the owning the Indians left, right and center on the Internet...
Vicky Nanjappa - March 19, 2012 12:55 IST
Given the extent of damage a cyber attack can unleash, accessing and then tampering with a key website has the potential to destabilise an entire nation, warns Vicky Nanjappa
In the last three months, 112 websites of the Indian government have been hacked by a Pakistan-based group known as H4tr ck. Indian authorities have finally woken up to the fact that we are facing a major cyber threat that may continue unabated for a while.
The website of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited was among those which were hacked. Websites of state governments, the human resources development ministry, the finance ministry and educational sites were also targeted.
India was left red-faced a couple of months ago when the high-profile website of the Central Bureau of Investigation was hacked. According to sources, crucial data on the CBI website was either lost or deleted due to the attack.
They point out that a website like BSNL will have hundreds of listed phone numbers. If spy agencies in Pakistan get hold of these numbers, they can be misused for subversive activities.
Online security safeguards in India are nothing short of pathetic. Most of these websites run on single servers which make them very vulnerable. In case they are hacked and the data deleted, the first thing that the authorities do is restore the deleted data from the back-up servers.
The BSNL case is a typical example of when such a recovery process was undertaken, prompting the hackers to target the site again.
Pakistan has been engaged in a cyber war with India since 1998, but such warfare was not taken very seriously back then.
A group that called itself Milworm hacked into the website of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre...
...the remainder of the story can be found over at, yep you guessed it, Cyberwar Central