TRAI Website Attacked By Hackers
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) website has been affected by a cyber-terrorist, codenamed as Pablin 77, who infiltrated the regulator's computer and tampered with several contacts on the site.
The websites are hacked for 3 key reasons -- excitement, to demonstrate proficiency and political publicity. Indian sites are attacked mainly with the third aim.
Although defacing of Government-linked sites is very common, the disturbing trend is that "cyberpunks" are affecting it recurrently.
Telecommunication, the most eventful segment in India--also draws plenty of improper interest. Delhi's Planet E-com Solutions remodeled TRAI's site just few months earlier. The cyberpunk nonetheless, is still free and the telecom regulator has filed the first information report or (FIR) with the police.
The global cyber-terrorist Pablin 77 aims only administrative sites. Previously, Pablin 77 had affected the government sites of Uruguay, Holland, Germany, Ethiopia, and China and on September 24, the official site of Republic of Philippines. Majority of the contacts on the websites were altered to "h4x0r3d Pablin77 Was Here!!!".
"The cyber-terrorist could transfer a malware via the malevolent program to access the vulnerable TRAI information," stated the regional chief of RSA Security, Srikiran Raghavan.
"The strike on the TRAI site evidently indicated that sufficient safety precautions weren't prepared. Furthermore, the website was abused during the public holiday to check swift reply and thus get extra exposure," alleged Niraj Kaushik, the country head of Trend Micro.
TRAI's spokesperson stated that the website's 'press release' segment was exploited few days prior to the declaration of 3G testimonials. But it was detected on time and rectified by the regulator.
According to specialists, TRAI will have to expend more on security measures, and those lacking a retrieval strategy would be ousted from the industry in case of a great IT upheaval. The security measures have to function at various levels if there's a strike on the site. TRAI is establishing a safety systems network to safeguard against cyber-terrorists.
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