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Hackers Deface AIFF Website


A hackers' group with the moniker 'Zero Cool" is reported to have hacked the website of AIFF (All India Football Federation) on May 9, 2017.


The hacking got noticed during the evening the time of play of the Federation Cup game by the two teams Churchill Brothers and Aizawl FC while the AIFF staff all of a sudden couldn't update their website with fresh reports.


Albeit not confirmed, the website's overwriting appeared as though some Pakistani hacker was behind the defacement. The hacker seemed to say in connection with India's demand to let Kulbhushan Jadhav free, the citizen from India in custody of Pakistani authorities in Balochistan. There were also abuses made against India along with a threat that Jadhav would be sent back as only dead.


Besides the above messages, the hackers as well cited the latest news regarding what way certain people hacked Snapdeal an e-commerce website at the time they tried attacking Snapchat because of "poor India" remark by its chief. Sports.ndtv.com posted this, May 10, 2017.


It was sometime around 9 p.m. IST that the hack occurred and was first identified when messages on Twitter emerged having the defaced website's screenshots. In an apology by AIFF on twitter.com, the Federation regretted the inconveniences that site visitors encountered which was because of one technical anomaly on http://www.the-aiff.com, adding that they should stay tuned for, the site would be reinstated shortly.


Meanwhile, from the start of the defacement web-admins have kept the site inaccessible. There were mainly derogatory messages by the hackers for India and its citizens in addition to deriding the demand by India to free Jadhav.


Speaking to Times of India, an AIFF media official said that during the morning also the website was functioning alright. Presently, AIFF's IT department was delving the matter. Following developments, Ms. Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister reacted that she had spoken to Jadhav's mother as well as intimated her of ICJ President's order within the purview of Rules of Court's Article 74 Para 4. She further stated that Harish Salve Senior Advocate was appearing at CJI on behalf of India for Jadhav's case.

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