One of Delhi University's (DU) most prominent departments was caught in expletive-laced "cross-border" fire in cyberspace on Friday - an incident which could be a preview of more sinister bids to come.
The English department homepage, www.english.du.ac.in, was apparently hacked by a Pakistan-based hacker, Anon C[O]P, as revenge for India's "transgressions into Pakistan's cyberspace".
"An Open Letter To Indian Hackers From Anonymous Pakistan From Last Few Days We Are Noticing That You Are Attacking Our Cyber Space,What Is It? Isn't #OpIndia Enough For You?" the hacker nonchalantly stated below a banner which claimed that the bid was 'payback'.
According to DU sources, the attack was first noticed on Thursday night - and efforts to pre-empt it were out in motion almost immediately. By Friday morning, however, the webpage had been successfully hacked.
Sources claimed the hacker's intent seemed to have been to hijack the main DU website's payment gateways in a seeming bid to "transfer funds received from DU aspirants by way of online payments accepted in lieu of applications". Meanwhile, Delhi police dismissed the episode as a "prank".