Noida 29th September 2018: UPSC website was hacked and showing a cartoon character on 10 September for few hours. Later, the IT officials at UPSC restored it to normal functioning. Now, the mastermind behind this hacking incident has been apprehended. Shockingly, the hacker involved in this case is just a 17-year old college student. Delhi Police Special cell has reportedly arrested this teenager who is the main and only accused of UPSC website hacking.
The website was hacked by this teenager on 10th September. However, the incident was noticed when few of the UPSC exam aspirants shared the screenshot of hacked website on Twitter. Twitterati make fun of the UPSC website homepage which was displaying the popular cartoon character, Doraemon with a funny caption saying ‘Doraemon!!! Please pick up the call and I am stwepeed’.
A police officer while addressing the media said, “With the help of technical surveillance, police traced and apprehended him. The juvenile was produced in front of the Juvenile Justice Board and handed over to his brother, who is a software engineer.”
This hacker belongs to Uttar Pradesh and currently studying a technical diploma course in Delhi from a central university. His father, who is settled in abroad, has been intimated about the incident. According to a senior Delhi Police officer, the boy, while investigation, told that he took help of the internet to learn hacking. In the past, he tried to hack the official websites of various government bodies in the past three weeks, but never succeeded. Ultimately, he observed the website of UPSC vulnerable to hacking and hacked it, just for fun.
The accused had no serious intentions or purpose to hack the UPSC website. He just wanted to assess his hacking skills and potentials. He admitted that he did not mishandle the database of the website. It was completely a fun-sake pursuit for him.
UPSC is India’s leading government recruitment agency that is formed to organize the entrance exams and interviews for different central government recruitments. After being hacked, the UPSC website was restored easily in few hours. This incident was seen as the resemblance of Supreme Court of India’s website hacking incident which took place in April this year.