On Friday, the website of India’s defense ministry was hacked, with users being directed to an error message.
A spokesperson for the ministry said “We are seized of the matter. The National Informatics Centre, which maintains the website, is trying to restore it,”
Anonymously an official said, “there were Chinese characters on the website and they suspected hackers from the Communist country for the attack.”
The hackers have targeted official websites of the Indian government not for the first time. Authorities had to take down the Ministry of Home Affairs website temporarily last year after a cyber attack was reported.
A month before that, suspected Pakistan-affiliated operatives had hacked the official website of the elite National Security Guard (NSG) and defaced it with a profanity-laden message against the Prime Minister and anti-India content.
In 2016, the websites and databases of seven Indian missions in Europe and Africa were reportedly hacked and data from their servers were allegedly dumped online. Hackers going by the name Kapustkiy and Kasimierz L on Twitter claimed to have breached the security of the official websites of the Indian missions in South Africa, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania.