A team of Pakistani hackers have allegedly hacked and defaced the websites of Indian regional governments with offensive remarks on Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Of the websites defaced were two governmental portals for the Gujarat state – Commissionerate of Higher Education and the Agricultural Produce Market Committee of Ahmedabad (APMC). The sites were also posted with a calling card emblem decreeing messages such as “Hacked by Pakistan Cyber Mafia Hackers”, “Feel the power of Pakistan”, “Pk_Robot was here” and “Pakistan Zindabad”.
“As soon as we learned about the hacking of our website, we have shut it down for maintenance. We have removed the material posted by hackers. On Monday, we will call a meeting and lodge an FIR [First Information Report],” commented Ketan Patel, an APMC official.
A FIR, or First Information Report, is an official complaint to police.
“We removed the page uploaded by hackers to our website yesterday itself. We have also relaunched the website after thorough maintenance,” said Gujarat’s State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said. “We will do an internal inquiry and then decide about filing a police complaint.”
The specific motivation for the hackers’ actions is unclear as the messages reported make no exact claims and the alleged derogatory messages describing Modi have not been publicized in any other reports.