India in cyberwar against corruption

In the last two years the fight against corruption has taken on a different angle. Propaganda messages can now be seen on the Internet with government websites being taken down by ‘hacktivists’ (activist hackers).

Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement finds its online supporters

Anyone who has read the news about anti-propaganda movements in India has stumbled upon one name which has been dotting the headlines for the past few weeks. Anna Hazare is the face of India’s fight against corruption.

And he’s not in it alone. A few ethical hackers (a computer and network experts who attack security systems on behalf of their owners, seeking vulnerabilities that malicious hackers could exploit) in Hyderabad teamed up with hackers around the country to extend their support to Anna Hazare and the Jan Lokpal Bill by shutting down government websites for a few hours.

Among the hacked websites was the Lok Sabha website which was hacked as per the discussions going on in the ethical hacking community. It is believed that this kind of hacking, known as ‘Operation Payback’ didn’t affect the website’s data. The purpose of this attack was to show the governing bodies that the country is in poor condition and the issue of corruption needs addressing immediately.

A member of ‘Anonymous India’ (a hacking group) said: “We are a group across India and have been working for a long time together. This time we have come together to show our support for the Jan Lokpal and Anna Hazare.”

Vulnerability over security

Such attacks, including those on NSG (India’s National Security Guard) and CBI (India’s top investigation agency) have exposed the vulnerability of Indian websites. No website will be safe when the correct cyber security measures are not undertaken.

The hack attacks on the websites mentioned above aimed at politicians in order to encourage them to change the ways they govern the country without any sensitive date being stolen. What if your website gets hacked and the valuable information gets leaked? What if it is too late to save it? Do you know what to do when your information is taken or how to prevent a security incident?

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