Ministry of Home Affairs: 700 Govt sites hacked in 3 years, list of hacked websites include NSG’s website too

While Modi Government has given a push to Digital India dream, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed parliament on Tuesday that at least 199 Government sites have been hacked just last year.

Most of the duration is during Modi led Government. But in three years, the number of hacking has been pushed to an alarming 700.

The government informed that while nearly 8300 persons were arrested for hacking under sections of cyber crime, only 315 were convicted in 2014-2015.

This was informed by Minister of state for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in a reply to an unstarred question.

The information provided by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team(Cert-in) says that between 2013 to 2016, at least 700 Government sites have been successfully hacked by hackers. While National Information Centre takes care of the Government run sites, MHA said that in 2013 – 189 sites were hacked 2014 – it was 155, and in 2015 it was 164.

The list of official websites hacked included the National Security Guard (NSG) site which was targeted by hackers in 1st Of January. The hackers had posted abusive language. The government informed that the NSG website was blocked by the NIC servers immediately.

According to MHA, the Government has taken several policies, legal and technical measures such as an audit of system and networks by issuing advisories on “hacking” threats by Cert-in and National Critical information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC).

With an expanse of internet usage in India, the union home ministry also stated that the Government was keeping a track of undesirable elements who were making contact with Pak Handlers on social media. “MHA was taking necessary action to curb such incidents,” said MOS Home Hansraj Gangram Ahir.