In what could be called as a major cyber threat, the Ministry of Defence's website on Friday appeared to be hacked.
"Action is initiated after the hacking of MoD website (http://mod.nic.in)". "The storage system had developed a hardware failure because of which the websites are down, and it is being restored", Rai said. "Needless to say, every possible step required to prevent any such eventuality in the future will be taken", Nirmala Sitharaman said in a tweet soon after the website had been hacked.
Hacking attempts are not out of the ordinary for India, where the cybersecurity game is weak-something even the government admits.
This has sparked speculation on social media sites that the website was hacked by Chinese hackers. "It is only a hardware failure", said Rai, who has been working in the field of cyber security since 1998. "Action is initiated after the hacking of MoD website ( )", she wrote.
In what may be a major cyber-war offensive that sent the security establishment into a tizzy, the websites of a few Union ministries, including ministry of defence (MoD), the ministry of home affairs (MHA), and the law and labour ministries were possibly "hacked" on Friday afternoon. Later, the words "the site can not be reached" and "please try again" appeared.
Several government websites were today affected by purported incidents of hacking, including and starting with the website of the ministry of defence. Home, Labour and YAS Ministry websites are down!
But till the time the assurances came from cyber-security experts, the fear of yet another largescale cyber attack on official websites was palpable in the backdrop of the Centre's own admission that more than 700 government websites were hacked between 2013 and 2016. Drupal is a content management software used by the affected websites.
The website shows an error message saying, "The website encountered an unexpected error".
Authorities had temporarily taken down the Ministry of Home Affairs website past year after a cyber attack was reported.