11-09-2018, Noida: In wee hours of Tuesday, i.e. 11th September 2018, the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) was attacked by hackers. The hackers took control over the homepage of the official website, managed and supervised by Government of India, to show their iniquity and displayed there the photograph of a famous cartoon character “Doreamon” with a caption “Doraemon!!!! Pick up the call”. Since being hacked by the hackers, the homepage of the website also played the title song of the cartoon series “Doreamon”. Under the image of the cartoon was written, “I. M. STEWPEED”.
The incident of hacking, and a Japanese series cartoon character appearing on the homepage of UPSC website came to light, when some UPSC aspirants took up the twitter to share the screenshots. There has been no official announcement or declaration made by UPSC regarding the hacking of the official website. Unlike other government websites, UPSC owns and manages the website content itself.
In an attempt to voice their resentment or annoyance, and to alert the government about its delicacy and amenability, the hackers tend to hack the government websites. A message “The website is under maintenance,” displayed on the homepage of the official website, when accessed on Tuesday morning. However, the website was revived later.
People took up the twitter to post the screenshots of official website being hacked. Some also tagged official handles of PM, Digital India, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, and other in order to get the website fixed.
This is not the first case of any government website getting hacked. Earlier in April this year, the official website of the Supreme Court of India was hacked, and was suspected to be hacked by a Brazilian hack team. On the official website, there showed up a “leaf” like image with “hackeado por HighTech Brazil HacTeam” on top.
Ministry of Defense, India website was also inaccessible for several hours, earlier in this year. Though, the National Informatics Centre said it was a technical issue, but a tweet by the Defense Minister hinted that it was a possible event of hacking.
Also, last year four top Indian Institutes, two Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)- Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), IIT Varanasi and two Universities – Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), and Delhi University (DU) were hacked by a pro – Pakistan group which posted anti – India messages on the website.