HACKERS TARGET PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT WEBSITE
Lahore: The official website of Pakistan Government was apparently hacked on Thursday by a group of anonymous hackers who uploaded the Indian national anthem along with Independence Day greetings, as reported by PTI. The site pakistan.gov.pk was restored after a little while. The Independence Day greetings were displayed on the message board while the Indian National Anthem played in the background. The attack comes months after 4 prominent Indian Institutes were hacked by a pro-Pakistan group.
Delhi University (DU), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and IIT Varanasi were hacked almost four months ago by a pro-Pakistan group. Several lesser known institutions were hacked on Tuesday as well. Most of these academic institutions restored their websites, but the hackers took them down again and posted anti-India and pro-Pakistan messages.
Code named as “Pakistan Haxors Crew” the group posted abusive messages about the Indian Armed forces and the Indian Government on the website’s landing pages. One of the messages read: “Nothing deleted or stolen. Just here to deliver my message to Indians.” They claimed the hack was in response to an Indian hacking into the railway website of Pakistan.
This is the second instance where a website in Pakistan has been hacked. Around two months ago, almost as many as 30 websites of the Pakistan Government were hacked to avenge Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence awarded on spying charges. One of the hackers in a comment to Mail Today said, “All the hacking in Pakistan was part of our operation – Justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav.” Anonymous Indian hackers crippled Pakistan Government’s websites in crucial surgical strikes. A message on one of the hacked websites read: “Charges against Kulbhushan Jadhav are fictitious, fake and farcical. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by him. This is an act of ‘premeditated murder.’ Earlier it was Sarabjeet, now it’s Jadhav.”
Earlier too, Indian and Pakistani hackers fought such high-intensity hacking battles online after a military camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri area was attacked by terrorists purported to be from Pakistan, last September.