Hacked: India's National Security Guard site

Hacked: India's National Security Guard site

Summary: Site of country's anti-terror unit hacked last week, resulting in officers' e-mail accounts compromised, reports say.

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Hackers penetrated the Web site of India's anti-terror unit, National Security Guard (NSG), last week which resulted in e-mail accounts of some officers being compromised, according to local reports.

The Times of India first reported that unidentified programmers last Friday had hacked into the official site of NSG, which is one of India's special response units focused on counter terrorism.

As the e-mail accounts of a number of officers were also found to be corrupted, all NSG officers operating at its Palam headquarters were advised to avoid using the Internet, the report noted.

NSG spokesperson Ajai Singh told the Indian daily: "The situation is not alarming. There was report of some damage of the NSG Web site following which cyber experts were called in to investigate into the matter. It is too early to say if there was any data theft but the services have not been restored yet."

A later report by Indian technology news site, Tech2, noted that there has not been any confirmation of who or which organization is behind the hack, but an initial probe conducted by the NSG traced the link to outside the country. According to the report, e-mail passwords of affected NSG officers had also been reset as a safety precaution.

The online attack on the site follows a spate of security breaches targeted at Indian government agencies. Earlier in June, hacker group Anonymous hacked and defaced the Web site of India's National Informatics Centre (NIC) as part of a larger, anti-corruption movement, called Operation India. The attack was said to be in retaliation against government crackdown on protesters, Tech2 reported.

Elsewhere in the region, more than 40 Malaysian government Web sites were hit by hacker group Anonymous in June, which was reported to have acted on anti-censorship motives.

Topics: IT Employment, Government, Government Asia, Security

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