RAIPUR: The website of India’s National Institute of Technology (NIT) Raipur was hacked and defaced allegedly by Pakistani hacker Faisal Afzal on Thursday said a report published on The Times of India.

The NIT website was shut down and repaired within a few hours but it is possible the hacker may strike again.
The NIT website was shut down and repaired within a few hours but it is possible the hacker may strike again.

The website was defaced with text that read: “Hacked Pak Cyber Attackers”. A slogan at the bottom which said: “Pakistan Zindabad” was followed by “nothing harmed just defaced and deleted some vulnerable files, we are Muslim hackers, we hack for cause, not for fun”.

The hacker also displayed a mirror link to the hacked NIT page on his Facebook page which said that the National Institute of Technology Raipur Official Website has been hacked and rooted.

"National Institute of Technology Raipur Official Website HACKED AND ROOTED"

The report quoted cyber security expert Mohit Sahu as saying that Afzal messaged him on Facebook to tell him he had hacked the NIT website.

Sahu claimed Afzal had been accessing the NIT website for about a year but escaped detection. He had earlier hacked NIT Kolkata’s website and posted a mirror link to that on his Facebook as well, Sahu added.

“By hacking, Afzal wanted to show how vulnerable the websites are.”

The hacker had not destroyed or deleted any files, said Sahu, who added that the loophole would be remedied through discussion with cyber experts.

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The NIT website was shut down and restored within a few hours but it is possible the hacker may strike again.

“The hacker still has the 'buzz’ and he can hack whenever he wants to … Buzz is an open-source content management system mostly used by amateur users and they are in millions. Once it gets leaked or decoded, anyone can hack the sites,” Sahu said.

Mocking the technology used by Indian government website, Afzal reportedly warned that Pakistani hackers may hack more websites belonging to the Indian government.

Sahu said most Chhattisgarh government are vulnerable and can be hacked easily.

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Indian hackers have also taken down several Pakistani websites in the recent past.

Last year in October, hackers claiming to be Indians had defaced the website of the Lahore High Court, purportedly in response to PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto's statements about Kashmir, in which he was reported to have said that his party would take the entire disputed region back to Pakistan.

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The official website of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was also defaced last year in October by a team of Indian hackers who had slammed Bilawal for his statement on Kashmir.

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