The official website of the Indian IRS officers – irsofficersonline. gov. in belonging to the Income Tax department got hacked again last week.
This time it read “Pak Cyber Thunders. Hacked by Pak MOnster!” .The website, they said, has been rendered inaccessible as of now. A screen grab of the hacked site read: “shame on your security. Your site is hacked is because of your high security!” along with messages like “Pakistan Zindabad”.
Incidentally, the same portal was hacked in February last year and messages such as “Pakistan Zindabad” and “we are team Pak cyber attacker” were posted on it. The website acts as an official communicator for work between the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the I-T department’s field offices in the country.
They said the technical team handling the website has sent a report in this regard to the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), which is the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify defenses of the Indian internet domain.
Officials said a security audit will be undertaken of the website, adding no sensitive or secret information was uploaded on the universal resource locator (URL) of the IRS community working in the I-T department. Back in February, a hacking incident was reported by the various news agencies.
Vrious reports, quoting sources had reported that Home Ministry website has been hacked. However, when questioned a senior home office official said that the site was blocked since it was under construction. “There has been no hacking. The site is under construction, that is why it’s down,” an official had said.
This all just adds up to the latest series of cyberattacks carried out by both Pakistan and India.Just couple of months ago Indian hackers defaced some Pakistan Airport websites in revenge to a similar attack carried out by Pakistan hackers couple of weeks ago.