Are Indian Government Websites Hacked?

Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as the Union Minister for Defence, in New Delhi on September 07, 2017. Photo (file) courtesy: PIB
Nirmala Sitharaman taking charge as the Union Minister for Defence, in New Delhi on September 07, 2017. Photo (file) courtesy: PIB

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After due diligence, the Indian government says, the officials of National Informatics Centre (NIC) have confirmed that Ministry of Defence and any other website hosted in the NIC data centre have not been hacked and there had been no cyber attack of any nature.

According to a government statement issued Friday, the site showed what appeared to be a Chinese character and it was understandable that the site was perceived to be hacked.

However, the statement adds, it has since been identified that the sites have not been hacked. Since late afternoon on Friday, due to a technical issue in storage, about 10 government websites hosted in the NIC data centre became inaccessible to the public.

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The website of Ministry of Defence (MoD), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Department of Public Enterprises, Election Commission, EPFO, Ministry of Labor, Department of Science & Technology have since been up and running, the government statement added.

However, when RMN News Service checked the sites at 9:00 a.m. today (Saturday), at least MoD and MHA sites were not working. RMN did not check the other sites.

Earlier on Friday, the Defence Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman was quoted as saying that MoD website has been hacked.

According to the government, the NIC team assured the citizens that services would be restored soon for any other websites if they are facing any problems.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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