The Supreme Court of India’s website was hacked on Thursday, April 19, and a Brazilian hack team was suspected to be behind the attack.
There were reports that the Supreme Court’s website had been hacked moments after the Judge Loya case verdict rejecting petitions seeking a probe into the death of the judge who was hearing Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused. Shah was discharged by the successor judge.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology confirmed that the Supreme Court’s website had been hacked, reported The Hindu. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) does not maintain the Supreme Court’s system, said the report, adding that Cert-IN, the Ministry’s emergency response team, had advised the Supreme Court on the steps to be taken to restore the website and would analyse the details of the incident, quoting a Ministry spokesperson.
“Site under maintenance,” said a message on the home page of the Supreme Court website.
On social media, some users also shared an image claiming the website has been hacked. “Hackeado por HighTech Brazil HackTeam (hacked by HighTech Brazil team)”, read the message on the screenshot of the Supreme Court website shared by many on Twitter and WhatsApp.
Indian government websites have come under attack from suspected Pakistani hackers in the past as well. In January, suspected Pakistan-based operatives had hacked the website of National Security Guard (NSG) and posted anti-India content and comments against the Prime Minister, reported NDTV.
The hack comes just days after the Ministry of Defence website was hacked. Several reports had then claimed that the website was hacked by Chinese hackers as it showed a Chinese character which translates to ‘Zen’, said a report in News18.
The Home Ministry website was also hacked earlier this year.
Earlier this year, the government informed the Lok Sabha that over 700 websites linked to the central and state governments were hacked in the past four years. Experts attributed the frequent hacking of Indian websites to lack of adequate security measures in the virtual world, said the NDTV report.