Pak-based group hacks vigilance bureau website

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2015 11:36 IST

Making a mockery of the cyber security of the Punjab government, a group calling itself ‘Pakistan Cyber Attackers’ has allegedly hacked the website of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, the agency that probes corruption cases.

The hacker has posted that the website is ‘owned by Kashif haxOr” and also taunted the website host, Punjab government, saying, ‘You r mad….See u later...LOL’. The hacker has also posted a hyperlink that takes the user to the Facebook page of one Kashif Hussain, that says he has finally hacked the Indian website. The hacker has not revealed his motive in doing so.

The website was launched by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal in 2012. It has a unique facility for uploading audio and video footage and photos along with online complaints. The facility was created to help the public videotape and photograph any corrupt activities undertaken by public servants and upload these onto the vigilance bureau’s website.

It also has important data of proclaimed offenders and contact numbers of various vigilance bureau officials. As directed by the government, every state government website provides a link to the vigilance bureau website.

It’s not the first such case as earlier also, Pakistan-based hackers have hacked Indian websites. In 2010, a hacker group, Pakistan Cyber Army, had hacked the website of premier Indian investigation agency, Central Bureau of Investigation.

DGP-cum-chief director vigilance Suresh Arora, when contacted, said he was seized of the matter. “The hackers did it last week. We have sounded the intelligence agencies and cyber experts to track down the hackers,” he said. Arora said the website had no sensitive data. However, as it was one of the main interfaces to get feedback from people and share information, he had directed the officials to restore it at the earliest.

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