A group of Indian hackers who go with the moniker – ‘Indian Black Hats’ have targeted and defaced several Pakistan-based websites including a government domain.
A group of internet hackers from India targeted and shut down at least 10 Pakistan-based websites citing ‘pay back’ on the seventh anniversary of 26/11 when a deadly terrorist attack struck the Indian city of Mumbai.
The Hindu, a prominent publishing house from the country reports the attack to have begun early Thursday morning, in a joint effort by a ‘group of like-minded hackers from across the country.’
The websites targeted include:
The cyber-assault is seen as a ‘symbolic’ cyber-attack in tribute to those who lost their lives during the terrorist attack from 2008 stemming from the actions of a Pakistan-based extremist group. A total of 164 people were killed in the city of Mumbai, bearing a striking resemblance to the recent Paris attacks.
The hacker group also go by the name ‘Indian Cyber Devils,’ or at least did, between 2011 and 2013, according to the publication. Despite several upheavals throughout their operations, the hacker group has reportedly re-banded after reviving the group in January 2015.
The cyber-attack is only the most recent incident in a spate of attacks launched in cyberspace between the two countries. Recently, a similar Indian hacker group calling themselves the ‘Mallu Cyber Soldiers’ also struck down several Pakistan government websites in September. The attack, the hacker group claimed, was in retaliation to an initial cyber-attack by Pakistan-based hackers targeting several government websites of the Indian state of Kerala. . While neither government acknowledges these incidents, hacker groups from both countries continue to war in cyberspace.
The two neighbors have had a tumultuous history from the time of gaining their independence in 1947 and have predominantly engaged in conflict ever since.
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