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Website of UPSC Hacked and Restored Later


It seems that the website of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) was hacked, as it displayed an image of Doraemon, a Japanese cartoon character, along with a heart.


The website of UPSC was reportedly hacked on 10 September, 2018 (i.e. on Monday). Many images that are posted on Twitter, displayed Doraemon, a popular cartoon character, having a gun in pocket. On Tuesday morning (i.e. 11 September, 2018), the website was restored.


The cat robot of the popular kids' show that usually had a smiling face was showing a bruised face after hacking having the caption "Doraemon!!!!!!! Pick up the Call". Below the image there was a caption that says "I.m.Stewpeed". The hacked website shows the cartoon with a heart blinking on the image, along with theme music in the background. As per the UPSC, the website's content is managed and owned by them.


The hack happened on the same day when UPSC began its online recruitment process for the year 2018 on their website, as posted on September 11, 2018, by news18.com.


Earlier also, the hackers have targeted these kinds of prominent websites. The website of Supreme Court was taken down by the hackers for a few hours in the month of April. This happened soon after the Supreme Court dismissed a batch of petitions that demanded for an independent investigation of Judge B. H. Loya's death case. After the website was taken down, the supremecourtofindia.nic.in displays a message "site under maintenance".


Many users posted the hacked UPSC website's screenshots on their twitter account. A few among them also tagged official handles of PM, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Digital India, and similar authorities, requesting them to fix the problem on the website. However, the prime objective of the hacking is still not clear, and also no statement was released related to any theft of data from the database level.


The government websites hacking has increased after PM Modi stresses more on his 'Digital India' initiative. The website of UPSC is part of the gov.in registry, and therefore the domain could be accessed only by the government approved institutions or authority personnels. Officially, UPSC has not reported anything on this hacking issue till now.

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