Ignorance about the need for cyber security has made owners and developers of websites in Madhya Pradesh prone to cyber attacks by hackers, said a top police official at the state cyber cell.
Today’s hackers are highly sophisticated and have the means to attack any target they choose and most owners and developers of websites live a blissful state of ignorance about the need of cyber security and many still have not taken sufficient measures to guard themselves against hackers, said Vijay Khatri, additional inspector general police (cyber cell).
“Most of the website owners in the state do not pay attention to cyber security due to which cyber criminals find it easy to attack them,” he told Hindustan Times.
The issue of cyber security again came to light in the state after the official website of Dr Hari Singh Gour University was hacked on Wednesday, allegedly by Pakistani hackers who after crashing the website posted a Pakistani flag and a message on the home page of the website.
The university shut down the website and alerted the state police cyber cell.
Varsity officials, however, said that hackers were unable to access important data as safeguards were put into place soon after the website was hacked.
It is the sole responsibility of the owner of the website to have foolproof security features in the websites to safeguard their websites from cyber attacks as police do not have any mechanism to prevent cyber attacks but can only take action after a complaint is lodged in a hacking incident, said Khatri.
“Usually people get their websites developed cheaply from any developer for as little as ` 400-500. The developer doesn’t pay attention to cyber security due to which incidents of hacking happens. People need to become aware of the importance of cyber security.”
In November last year, the website of the Jabalpur police was hacked three times by alleged Pakistani hackers who called themselves “Pakistani cyber attackers” and posted a Pakistani flag and a message saying it was “a revenge against Indian attacks”.
The same year, the website of the state Bharatiya Janata Party was hacked by a hacker, who called himself DJ Hacksy.