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[ISN] India: 112 government sites hacked in 3 months
By Emil Protalinski
March 18, 2012
112 Indian government websites were hacked in the last three months,
according to Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and IT.
The hacked websites were part of government agencies belonging to Andhra
Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat,
Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, and Manipur. Also included were
the Ministry of Finance, Health, Planning Commission, and Human Resource
Development, according to India Times.
The website of state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
(BSNL) was attacked for the fourth time on December 4, by a Pakistani
hacker group called âH4tr!ck.â In fact, at least 22 websites under the
Rajasthan state government were destroyed by hackers, mostly from
Pakistan, in February. They deleted or stole data from the various sites
of important departments including technical education, college
education and finance, according to sources cited by India Times.
State government websites have very poor security practices. For
example, most government websites in Rajasthan run on single server.
This means if a hacker exploits a single vulnerability in any of the
websites, he or she can compromise the other websites as well by taking
control of the whole server. To make matters worse, when data is
deleted, backups are simply uploaded back to website. Given that the
sites are attacked again and again, it would appear that nothing is
being done to actually fix the security issues.
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