Over 2,000 websites from India and Pakistan have been defaced so far in the past two days, as hackers from both countries duke it out in cyberspace.
More than 100 Pakistani websites were defaced on Wednesday, apparently in retaliation for the defacement of more than 2,000 Indian websites by Pakistani hackers on Republic Day, according to The Hindu.
The defaced websites carried the message "Hacked by Indian Cyber Rakshak", and the attacks are expected to continue, cybersecurity experts told the news agency.
The retaliatory defacement of Pakistani websites began on Tuesday night and continued through Wednesday, according to the Global Cyber Security Response Team (GCSRT).
The Hindu noted that on Republic Day, Pakistani hackers defaced 2,118 Indian websites, including those of the Central Bank of India and the website of model-turned-actress Poonam Pandey.
Most of the Indian websites were defaced by Pakistani hackers using the handles "StrikerRude", "KashmirCyberArmy", "PakCyber Expert", "HUnter Gujar" and the Operation was named as "#OP26jan", noted the agency. Just two weeks earlier, 1,400 Indian websites were hacked.