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India’s Ministry of Home Affairs Website Reportedly Hacked; Officials Deny Claims

February 13, 2017 | By

New Delhi: Various reports in the media maintain that the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of India was hacked on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily block it. But on the other hand Ministry officials have denied any hacking. Ministry has maintained that the website was “down for repair”.

According to The Hindu [t]he hacking incident came to light when the Ministry lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police.

Though a case was not registered, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police initiated an enquiry. A police officer said a team had been constituted and it was looking into the hacking.

Website Access blocked:

The website was blocked by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) immediately after the hacking was noticed in the morning. It remained down for the rest of the day.

Computer emergency response teams are looking into the incident, an official said. In the evening, the Ministry spokesperson said: “The MHA website had technical problems which according to the NIC will be set right by late evening.”

Last month, some cyber operatives had hacked the official website of the elite National Security Guard (NSG) who reportedly posted a message against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

More than 700 websites of various Central and State government departments were hacked in the past four years.

Website Resumes Working:

The Website has now resumed working and was accessible at the time of posting this news.

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