Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pakistani Hacker posts anti-India slogans on B-school site - - 26 Mar 2010

MUMBAI: “Coward Indians stop sending trained terrorists in Pakistan from Afghan Border. Big F*** to RAW and Indian Agencies. Freedom and Justice
of Kashmir and Palestine. This is Pakistan Net Army, Dr Neo, Son of Pakistan.’’

If this were ‘The Matrix’ , you would probably be looking at Neo’s evil avatar. A mysterious internet hacker, calling himself Dr Neo Dr Dan, defaced the website of Jaipur based-business school Taxila on Tuesday night. The hacker claims to be from an organisation called the Pakistan Net Army. Pictures of the Indian flag been burnt and anti-India slogans were put up on the site. The hacked content was visible on the sight a day later.

“The site was hacked at 12.30 am on Tuesday night. We got to know about it on Wednesday morning. Our team has been working on recovering the site and changing the password. We have taken legal steps to tackle the situation and have even registered a complaint with the police ,’’ said Anuradha Mehta, president of the B-school .

Several pictures of the Indian flag been burnt as well as images with the word PNA (Pakistan Net Army) replaced pictures of the college. Messages from Dr Neo were splashed on several pages of the site. One message went on to say — “We are proud Pakistani hackers we stand for a cause for a reason.’’ The hacker goes on to send in his greetings to all Pakistani and Muslim hackers.

So is this a Pakistani individual venting his ire against India by indulging in online graffiti, or an organised crime involving larger agencies? Furthermore , is the hacker a Pakistani at all, as anybody from any part of the world can hack into websites and claim to be a Pakistani?

“Law-enforcement and government agencies are handicapped because all incidents of hacking do not get reported at all. This means that valuable evidence is often lost as corporates and institutions targeted by hackers often forget to ensure that there is a proper back-up taken of all the evidence. In the absence of such data, it is difficult to conclude whether such instances are organised hacking or simply committed by an individual,’’ says Pratap Reddy, director, Cyber Security, Nasscom.

What’s shocking is that this is not a isolated phenomenon . Cyber expert Vijay Mukhi, who heads the Bombay Technology Club, says he has received lots of complaints about sites being hacked into by people claiming to be Pakistanis.

By Anahita Mukherji

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