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Indian officials were trying Tuesday to restore the websites of seven Indian embassies in Europe and Africa that were hacked and had data dumped online.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2016 16:25 IST
HT Correspondent
Official spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs Vikas Swarup.
Official spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs Vikas Swarup.(File Photo)

Indian officials were trying Tuesday to restore the websites of seven Indian embassies in Europe and Africa that were hacked and had data dumped online.

The security of the websites of Indian embassies in Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, Libya, Malawi, Mali and Romania was breached by hackers who identified themselves to the media as Kaputsky and Kasimierz L.

“We are aware of the problem and are trying to fix it,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.

Attempts were being made to track the IP addresses of the hackers, who posted online the names, email addresses, phone numbers and passport numbers of some embassy staff members.

Read | Websites of 7 Indian missions ‘hacked’, data allegedly put online

In an interview with HT, the hackers claimed to be under the age of 18 and from the Netherlands. They called themselves “grey hats” and claimed their hacking was an attempt to inform administrators about vulnerabilities on their websites and they had no malicious intent.

“All the actions we made were to force the administrators of the site to get better protection on their websites. It’s very odd that multiple websites of embassies can be exploited with an SQL injection,” one of the hackers who identified himself as Kasimierz told HT on Monday.

Several Indian websites have come under attack this year. Last month, Pakistan-based hackers targeted more than 7,000 Indian websites after India launched a series of attacks on terror camps in Pakistan. Also in October, the security of around 3.2 million debit cards in India was breached when hackers inserted malware through an ATM network.

With input from AP