New Delhi: The website of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) was hacked on Monday by anonymous hackers who left a message saying they wanted to avenge India’s surgical strike against terrorist bases in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

However, the message remained on the website’s homepage for a little over an hour before being taken down by authorities.

“Website stamped by D4RK 4NG31. We are unbeatable," read the message that accused Indian forces of killing innocents in Kashmir.

“You violate the ceasefire on border and call it surgical strikes … now kiss the burn of cyber war," the message said.

Last week, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) against terrorist camps operating inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), inflicting heavy damage. The action followed the 18 September terrorist attack on the Indian Army garrison in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed.

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“Cyber conflicts are often the mirror of traditional conflicts between two countries. Everytime tension simmers between India and Pakistan, hackers from both sides hack and deface a large number of websites, especially government, with an intention to damage critical digital infrastructures of the nation. Also, it is a known fact that a large number of government websites are poorly designed and rarely get security audits, which makes them prone to cyber attacks," said cyber security expert Mohit Kumar, who is also the founder and editor-in-chief at ‘The Hacker News’, an online news portal dedicated to cyber security issues.

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