More than 1000 government websites belonging to various Ministries and Departments were hacked in the last three years.

Minister of State for Home RPN Singh on Tuesday said as per information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in), a total of 303 in 2010, 308 in 2011, 371 in 2012 and 48 upto March 2013, government websites belonging to various Ministries and Departments were hacked.

“Department of Information Technology has taken necessary preventive actions,” he said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

Mr Singh said the preventive action includes proper audit of all new government websites and applications with respect to cyber security prior to their hosting.

“It has been mandated that all government websites are hosted on infrastructure of National Informatics Centre, Education and Research Network or any other secure infrastructure service provider in the country,” he said.