The website of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly been hacked. According to a report by ANI, few minutes ago, the homepage of the website was displaying a Chinese character. At the time of writing the story, however, the website seems to have been temporarily taken down.
More details to the alleged hack is still awaited. National Informatics Centre (NIC) will investigate the matter.
Ministry of Defence website hacked, Chinese characters appearing on the website home page. pic.twitter.com/VBzWXLC8EM
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2018
In the latest development Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has tweeted that “appropriate action” had been initiated in the matter. She says that the website will be restored shortly.
Action is initiated after the hacking of MoD website ( https://t.co/7aEc779N2b ). The website shall be restored shortly. Needless to say, every possible step required to prevent any such eventuality in the future will be taken. @DefenceMinIndia @PIB_India @PIBHindi
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) April 6, 2018
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) April 6, 2018
Ministry of Defence is yet to comment anything on the apparent hack. It is also not clear who is behind the attack. Although, many media reports claim that the Chinese character must be indicative of someone associated with the language. However, no such claims have been proven till now.
We will be looking out for any update on the same, and will refresh this space with whatever development is made to the event. Follow this space for more updates.
It is uncomfortable how easy hacking has started to seem from the other side of the computer. Just two days ago, a group of hackers reportedly compromised a verified YouTube employee’s Twitter account to spread fake news in the midst of the attack at the company’s headquarter. A hacker hijacked the account of Vadim Lavrusik, who works as the Product Manager at the video sharing platform and used the profile to implicate a YouTube broadcaster in the shooting.