Government websites across ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, suffered outages yesterday that were attributed to “malfunctioning” and not a cyber attack. Also Read - Dark Web Alert! Domino's India data of 180 million orders leaked online
The PMO website, along with those of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and key ministries such as finance and defense, were not accessible for a few hours this evening. While the Press Information Bureau’s website remained down, the department said in a Twitter message: “Govt clarifies that there was no cyber attack or hacking of Govt websites. Due to malfunctioning of some equipment, some sites were down.” It said services would be restored soon, although no time line was given. Also Read - Air India server hacked, personal data of 45 lakh passengers leaked in massive cyber attack
Officials of the National Informatics Center (NIC), which hosts the websites, said they were looking into the matter. The officials said the websites encountered some technical glitches because of which they became inaccessible. “From evening there has been a glitch. It is being looked into by the National Informatics Center and the websites which are encountering problems will be restored,” a senior official said. While efforts at reaching the websites of the law, oil and agriculture ministries yielded no results, a message, “the specified URL cannot be found”, appeared on the website of the Finance Ministry. Also Read - COVID-19 themed cyber-attack surge by 114 percent in Q4 2020: McAfee
Websites of the information and broadcasting ministry, Department of Telecommunications and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology also remained unavailable.