Mumbai Police Website Hacked
Security authorities have discovered that the site of the Mumbai (India) Police - www.mumbaipolice.org - have been hacked and installed with malicious software that gets downloaded automatically on to a user's system without his assent.
The software makes use of the stores of the user's system to cause more mayhem online by contacting the friends of the user.
Allegedly, the security breach on the site was found when Google ensign the website as a latent danger to a user's system. Citing the reason of blocking the website, Google noted that the site was visited last on 23-09-2009 by it and it was then that the mistrustful material was discovered on the site, as per the reports of dnaindia.com on October 2, 2009.
Also, to make the browsing more secure for the users, Google checks sites arbitrarily for the existence of harmful software and links. The search engine chiefly checks if browsing a website leads to the automatic installation of harmful software on the user's system without his consent.
A cyber security consultant from Pune, Parikshit Chugh, said that somebody has embedded a malevolent code into the site. This is a problem that several webmasters managing a site witness frequently. It can be handled by examining the site often. Evidently, the Mumbai Police did not bother much about their website, as per the news by dnaindia.com on October 2, 2009.
In addition, Google has already blocked the website and users have been cautioned that if they are still visiting the site, then they are doing this at their own risk. Users searching for Mumbai Police site on Google will discover links to the official site with a note from Google - 'This site may harm your system.'
Further, Mozilla's famous open-source browser Firefox has also blocked the direct access to the hacked website.
In the meantime, security experts stated that while harmful software is hosted on the site of Mumbai Police, the site itself is not appearing to act as a liaison in spreading malware.
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