Indian defence ministry website hacked allegedly by Chinese hackers
The website of the Ministry of Defence of India was hacked on Friday, Indian media reported.
The website displayed a Chinese character for “Home,” media said.
The hacked website also showed an “error” message and prompted users to “try again later”.
The ministry has initiated action to recover the website.
Indian news agency PTI quoted officials as saying that the people involved in the hack could be Chinese.
Previously, both Pakistani and Indian websites have been hacked by people claiming to belong to the other country.
In August last year, various government websites in Pakistan were hacked by Indian hackers and were defaced with pro-India messages
The site also began to display – what news agencies called – a ‘Chinese’ character.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter to say that “appropriate action” had been initiated in the matter. She added that steps would be taken to “prevent any such eventuality in the future.”
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) April 6, 2018
Hours after the incident, however, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) denied reports of a hack, instead terming the matter a “technical issue,” reported ANI.
“Ministry of Defence website is not hacked. There is some technical issue since 2:30pm today,” it said.
Action is initiated after the hacking of MoD website ( https://t.co/7aEc779N2b ). The website shall be restored shortly. Needless to say, every possible step required to prevent any such eventuality in the future will be taken. @DefenceMinIndia @PIB_India @PIBHindi
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) April 6, 2018