Shimla: Hackers struck the government public relations department (DPR) website about a week ago forcing the department to take down the website and having it to rely upon emails, faxes and phones to reach out for dissemination of time bound information.
“It’s was about a week ago that we detected malicious activity on our website,” said Rajinder Singh, director public relations.
Sources claimed that besides the DPR website, others also which include the tourism website that were hosted on the gov.in domain server have been hit by a suspected Pakistan based hacker group.
“Since the attack and defacement of a page was noticed, the DPR website has been taken off and a partial restoration has been done to enable the department to carry out some of its functions,” said Priyatu Mandal, director of information technology department.
He added that the hackers breeched a security lapse in DPR website that did provide the department facilities for updating the content for multiple users.
“The passwords proved too easy to crack that possibly led to compromising of the website,” added Mandal.
However, he denied that other government websites also had been compromised.
An engineer of the IT department on conditions of anonymity disclosed, “there were security lapses in the DPR software application which was a very old one. Some viruses were detected and efforts are being made to fully restore the website.”