On Sunday, state woke up to the news that the official website of Kerala government – www.kerala.gov.in – was hacked allegedly by Pakistani hackers. The website had an image of burning Indian flag and messages such as Pakistan Zindabad”, “We are Team Pak Cyber Attacker” and “Security is just an illusion”. But a few expected a tit for tat reply and that it too within hours. An anonymous cyber group ‘Mallu Cyber Soldiers’ has hacked around 46 Pakistan websites, which include Pakistan’s government website Pakistan.gov.pk, president.gov.pk and cabinet.gov.pk.
The anonymous cyber group, in their facebook page, has stated that it has defaced another four sites. The defaced page sts.edu.pk has image of burning Pakistan flag with messages ‘Better stay away from Indian Cyber Space’. The cyber attack has been named as ‘Operation Pak Cyber Space’ and the hackers have claimed that it was a payback for hacking www.kerala.gov.in. Both Kerala government and Pakistani government are yet to restore the sites.
This is not the first time that Mallu Cyber Soldier engage in an online war against anonymous Pakistani hackers. The name ‘Mallu Cyber Soldiers’ hit headline when it hacked several Pakistani websites as a revenge to Pakistani hackers defacing actor Mohanlal’s website in October last year. Mallu Cyber Soldiers, along with Indian Black Hats and India Cyber Pirates, had hacked around 120 Pakistani websites in August 15 in response to hacking of official website of Thenmala Eco Tourism on Independence Day.
State Cyber Cell DYSP N Vijayakumar said that they are collector details from C-DiT over hacking of Kerala government website. “We don’t usually track cases of Indian groups hacking Pakistan websites. We had prevented an attempt from Pakistan to hack around 45 government website around 5 months ago,” he said.