The opposition in Goa has demanded that the state government upgrade its cyber security infrastructure after it was revealed that 17 state government websites were hacked over the last four years. “The cyber cell of Goa Police is completely poor… it appears to be in coma,” Independent MLA Vijay Sardesai said. The government has however responded saying it is in the process of forming a cyber cell which will monitor possible threats to the state-run websites. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
In the past four years, 17 websites of departments like Sainik Welfare, Accounts, Water Resources, NRI Commission among others were hacked by unidentified hackers. But chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar claims that despite the cyber crimes, no sensitive data was leaked, and “all websites were cleared of the vulnerabilities.” “While the websites were hacked, the government has never lost substance, material or information. The hackers have only defaced and damaged the front page. Data has never been removed,” Parsekar said. Also Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
Parsekar also said that a new setup of web servers has been configured using all the latest technologies available in the market. “The hacked websites were cleared of vulnerabilities and re-deployed on the newly configured web server. The OS hardening of the web server was also carried out to tighten the security of the websites,” Parsekar added.