Tata Tele warns of potential hacking attempts by Pakistani hackers
New Delhi: Tata Telecommunications on Friday issued an advisory warning its customers of possible hacking attempts by alleged Pakistan-based hackers in the aftermath of Indian Army’s surgical strikes conducted across the Line of Control.
“Owing to the recent surgical strikes by the Indian Army, there is a possibility of cyber retaliation by Pakistan hackers. To name a few of them Shani_Haxor, Mr_Baloch404, Sajjad_Dhari, D4RK 4NG31,” the telecom company said in its statement.
Assuring its customers, Tata Telecom says that it is closely monitoring any inconsistencies on its network. “The information has been authenticated from trusted sources by our Security Operations Center threat advisory group. We are closely monitoring for any anomalies in managed infrastructure and our network.”
Tata Telecom’s warning comes amid claims by a group of Pakistani hackers that they have hacked over 7,000 Indian websites, as The Times of India reports.
On 3 October, the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) website came under attack with a group hacking it and posting objectionable comments, claiming it was an act of ‘revenge’ against the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC, as Sify reports. The hackers defaced the website and played the Pakistani national anthem as a background track.
In addition to the NGT website, reports of Pakistani hackers accessing Indian servers containing real time information about the official government vehicles or Indian pilots hearing pro-Pakistani music on their communications frequencies have also come out.
According to information from the communication and information technology ministry, 1,490 government websites have been hacked between January, 2010, and December, 2015. The data for this year is yet to be compiled.