‘Stop killing Muslims’: Hackers post on Jharkhand rights panel’s site
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‘Stop killing Muslims’: Hackers post on Jharkhand rights panel’s site

The website has been hacked for the second time within a span of barely ten months.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2017 16:32 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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A screenshot of the hacked website of the Jharkhand State Human Rights Commission


The website of Jharkhand’s rights panel was hacked and its wall was defaced with messages such as “stop killing innocent Muslims” for the second time within a span of 10 months, exposing its vulnerability.

Though the site of the Jharkhand State Human Rights Commission (JSHRC) was apparently hacked by a hacker group, codenamed ‘Mr H1DD3N’ in July, no one noticed it until Thursday.

A message on the homepage of the site reads: “India Hello Modi....stop killing innocent Muslims, stop killing beef eaters, stop torturing Muslim women, stop arresting Muslim boys from college. We are human being. We are equal. We are Islamic Cyber (sic).”

The hacker further posted, “Sorry for my actions. This is just a lesson for you to make your website more secure. Fix the gap immediately. I am not a destroyer I am a slit seeker. Because there is no safe system then you should be more careful (sic).”

The same website was compromised in September last year.

Founder of National Anti-hacking Group Vineet Kumar said two to three hackers were involved and they used proxy server.

“Though it’s showing that the hackers were from Japan, they could have diverted through proxy server route of their origin, which could be Pakistan or any other country,” Kumar added.

He said even other government websites in the state are vulnerable to hacking.

“We had given a live demonstration before the Jharkhand government about the vulnerability of its sites in December last year. But, the lapses were not fixed,” he said, adding, “Hacking not only defaces crucial information on the website but also impacts visitors’ system or mobile phones if they open it.”

State IT director UP Shah, terming the breach a “serious issue,” said they would investigate the lapse.

He, however, was quick to add the state’s IT department did not develop the site. “The JSHRC is an autonomous body and it must have got it developed through a private agency,” he said.

JSHRC secretary Bhagwan Das said the site has been blocked.

“Ranchi police have been informed about hacking of the site and asked to lodge an FIR against unidentified persons,” he said.

National Informatics Centre’s state informatics officer Sahid Ahmed said there should be a security audit of the website by authorised government agencies.

“There may be lapses in application development or data hosting centre that allows the hacker to enter into it. It can deface all the information uploaded on it.”

Jharkhand has recently witnessed series of mob lynching that targeted mostly Muslims.

In June, two Muslim men were lynched on charges of carrying beef while four others from the community were killed by a mob in Saraikela-Kharswan district suspecting them as child traffickers in May.


First Published: Jul 14, 2017 16:31 IST