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5 Govt websites hacked

Five Government websites, including one of DRDO dealing with recruitment of scientists in the premier defence research organisation, were recently attacked by Algerian hackers and had to be blocked temporarily as a precautionary measure. The websites have been restored by cyber security sleuths, a top official said on Thursday.

“Five sites were hacked on the night of October 29 by Algerian hackers. We have restored the websites. Vulnerabilities have been found and we are strengthening these websites,” Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT) Director General Gulshan Rai said.

The other sites that were hacked were Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC), Rehabilitation Council of India, Directorate of Estates and that of Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information, Infrastructure and Innovations.

All these sites were managed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC)    There was no threat of loss of sensitive information relating to the Defence Research and Development Organisation since the website did not contain this matter, DRDO said.

DRDO’s Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC) has a website rac.Gov.In hosted by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for disseminating career-related information in the organisation.

“On 30 October 2012, suspicious activity was noticed on the NIC server hosting the website. The NIC, as a precautionary measure, therefore temporarily blocked access to the server hosting the RAC website and restored it next day,” DRDO said in a release on Thursday. It said the website was fully functional and the main public website of DRDO has not been affected in any manner.

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