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Indian Govt Admits Websites Were Hacked

BY Raphael Majma | Friday, March 16 2012

In a blow to confidence in India's online infrastructure, a federal minister revealed that over the course of three months over 112 Indian government websites were hacked.

Sachin Pilot, minister for communications and IT, informed parliament in writing of the cyber attacks. The reason for the number of attacks was attributed to site managers not conducting required audits. A source told PCWorld that this indicated holes in the Indian government's security standards, not the quality of the hackers conducting the attacks.

Sites that were affected include Bharat Nigam, a state-owned telecommunication service provider, the Planning Commission site, and the Ministry of Finance. Many attacked sites include the "gov.in" domain.

Pilot did not provide historical data for the regularity of hacks on government sites.