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Allahabad University website hacked on Independence Day

Hindustan Times, Allahabad | By, Allahabad
Aug 15, 2017 06:42 PM IST

The university authorities are planning to lodge a report with the police after they shut down the site.

The official website of the Allahabad University was hacked purportedly by Pakistan-based hackers who posted anti-national message with a clip of a burning tricolour on it.

Confirming the incident, in-charge of AU’s information and communication technology (ICT) cell, Prof Avinash Chandra Pandey said the case was similar to the recent website hacking of Delhi University and Aligarh Muslim University.(REUTERS/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Confirming the incident, in-charge of AU’s information and communication technology (ICT) cell, Prof Avinash Chandra Pandey said the case was similar to the recent website hacking of Delhi University and Aligarh Muslim University.(REUTERS/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

The matter came to light at around 1.30 am on Tuesday after which the officials shut down the site to take back control.

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The university officials said the hacker put up a message in Hindi on the website that said ‘Kashmir would become like Pakistan’. The message said the site has been hacked by PHC Chapter.

The hackers also posted a photograph of slain Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani with the message: “I am Wani, I am Pakistani.”

It is believed that PHC stands for ‘Pakistan Haxors Crew’ that has claimed responsibility of hacking the websites of many Indian institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi), IIT-Varanasi, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Delhi University (DU), among others.

Confirming the incident, in-charge of AU’s information and communication technology (ICT) cell, Prof Avinash Chandra Pandey said the case was similar to the recent website hacking of Delhi University and Aligarh Muslim University.

The Allahabad university authorities are planning to lodge a report with the police.

On September 6, 2014, the website was hacked while it was being updated by the experts of ICT cell.

The website remained offline for five days and started working after its security features were strengthened. An FIR had been lodged by the AU authorities then.

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    K Sandeep Kumar is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times heading the Allahabad Bureau. He has spent over 16 years reporting extensively in Uttar Pradesh, especially Allahabad and Lucknow. He covers politics, science and technology, higher education, medical and health and defence matters. He also writes on development issues.

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