In yet another incident which points to the lax security of websites at Indian educational institutes, the online portals of Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University and IIT-Delhi were hacked on Tuesday, allegedly by a Pakistani group.
According to a report in The Hindu, websites of at least 10 institutes were compromised. Including the three mentioned above, IIT-BHU and University of Kerala were also among the hacked.
According to Mohammad Ibrarâs report in TOI, the hackers have been identified as âPakistan Haxtors Crew.â Messages posted on the websites said that the act was in âsolidarity of Kashmiri People being killed by Indian Army [sic].â
It went on to speak out about alleged army atrocities in the volatile state and questioned, âhow would you feel if your brother, sister, father and mother get killed?â and âWonât your life and families be destroyed?â
The message further went on to say that âKashmir will be Pakistanâ and that people in Kashmir had âthe right to live in peace.â It continued that the Indian government should take their âmurderers and rapists,â apparently referring to the Indian army, back home.
As per the screenshots of the hacked pages on social media, the culprits also posted videos of alleged police brutality in Kashmir.
The hackersâ message also claimed that this was in response to the hacking of Pakistanâs railways website by an Indian hacker.
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The message ends stating that nothing had been deleted or stolen, and the hackers just wanted to deliver a message to the Indian government. âSecurity is just an illusion. Pakistan zindabad,â it says.
The hacked pages replaced the usual interface of these websites at around 3.30pm, accompanied by music from âZeest,â a Pakistani rock band.
DUâs admission has been completely digitized, which makes this hacking even more ominous. However, Tarun Das, Registrar of Delhi University, said that the problem was detected immediately and rectified. SS Vinod Chandra, Director of University of Keralaâs Computer Centre, said the universityâs website had been unaffected.