The official websites of over 10 educational institutes, including University of Delhi, IIT- Delhi, IIT-BHU, University of Kerala and Aligarh Muslim University, were defaced on Tuesday by a group of hackers claiming to be from Pakistan.
The group, which calls itself ‘PHC Pakistani 133t w4s h3r3’, defaced the website by claiming that the “hack is in response to Code-Man’s hack of railways.gov.pk and in solidarity with innocent Kashmiri people being killed by Indian Army”.
The group put up pro-Pakistan slogans and added: “Nothing deleted or stolen. Just here to deliver my message to the government and the people of India.” They also posted videos showing alleged brutality committed by Indian soldiers in Kashmir. The hackers signed off saying: “#Security Is Just an Illusion”.
The attack comes at a time when the admission season in colleges is around the corner, and the Kashmir Valley has been rocked by a a long student unrest.
In University of Delhi, the admission process is completely online and thousands of students upload their documents and personal details on the portal. Reacting to the hacking, Tarun Das, Registrar of Delhi University, said that the varsity’s website was inaccessible from outside the campus for some time due to some problems in the Domain Name Servers, which pointed incorrectly to another site. “The problem was detected and immediately rectified,” he added.
The Director of University of Kerala’s Computer Centre, S.S. Vinod Chandra, said the varsity’s website had not been affected.
(With PTI inputs)