31 October, 2020

Firewall Burning

An Indo-Pak cyber war singes CBI site

Jitender Gupta
Firewall Burning

While ‘hacktivists’ across the world are attacking websites of governments and agencies inimical to WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange—arrested on rape charges they believe are trumped up—another cyberspace war, albeit subcontinental, is also being fought out. On one side is the Indian Cyber Army (ICA), an anonymous group of hackers who say they are worried about India’s security. On the other is Predators PK, of Pakistan. On December 3, members of the Pakistani group hacked into more than 250 Indian websites, leaving pages created by them as triumphal flags. They say this is in retaliation for ICA’s attacks on Pakistani sites, including 30 Pakistani government sites. The prize catch: the website of the Pakistani navy.

What Predators PK must be counting among its biggest retaliatory scores is the hacking of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) website. The group has also broken into the websites of Indian educational institutions, NGOs, companies and religious groups. Some targeted sites are...



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