Cyber watchdog website hacked

Even after a series of government defacements by Anonymous, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, the country’s primary cyber incident response agency, said it is not “disturbed by the hackers’ acts”. Even so, the hacker group trolled and defaced the agency’s website in the morning and claimed it was down for two hours.

A scientist at CERT-In, on condition of anonymity, admitted the site was hit but said it was up again very soon. During the attack on CERT-In, Anonymous tweeted on its Twitter account, “Playing with CERT again.” The hacker outfit has been attacking government websites in the past few weeks protesting against Internet censorship by the government. It defaced 13 Mizoram government websites at one go, apart from defacing two state government websites and many others. The hackers were also tampering with the All India Trinamul Congress website for the past few days with the site fluctuating between being up and down. The hackers, however, have time and again stated that they mean no harm to any organisation but will only deface websites.

B.J. Srinath, senior director at CERT-In, said the agency has not issued any high alerts or raised alarms after the cyber attacks. “We are not disturbed by their acts either,” he said. The scientist, who didn’t want to be named, gave a different version and said the agency wasn’t really concerned because “the hackers didn’t mean any financial damage.” The scientist also admitted that CERT-In was attacked using the Denial of Service method last month. The agency had, earlier, denied the attack.


Those guys at CERT-in and at

Those guys at CERT-in and at all the IT-departments of our govt offices are not "Scientists", per se.

The are termed "Scientist" because our visionary leaders have named the title of the post as Scientist.

They are regular engineering grads who took up the govt jobs, because it is easy and pays not too bad, along with the govt employee perks.

They sit around doing hardly anything most of the time. They create basic applications for required for variety of administrative purposes, if those applications are not made already. Then they add/mod/deleting HTML pages and PDFs in the govt websites (yes you read that correctly static HTML and PDF).

Moreover, our "Scientists" get these apps and projects done really cheap, from small local companies started by college friends. All the crap they create goes under the fancy name E-GOVERNANCE, at the expense of tax-payers' money.

Reporters in the media should get their facts correct when they go about filling pages.

~ Asatoma Ma Sadgamaya

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