Indian defense ministry portal hacked, shows Chinese character

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The Indian defense ministry website was hacked on Friday and efforts are on to restore it, officials said.They said there were Chinese characters on the website, indicating that Chinese hackers may be involved in it.”We are seized of the matter. The National Informatics Centre, which maintains the website, is trying to restore it,” a spokesperson in the ministry said. Another official said Chinese hackers may be involved in defacing the website.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted to confirm that the website was hacked and an action has been initiated.The minister also said that the website will be restored shortly.

On Other Side Law ministry website – lawmin.gov.in and Home Ministry website – mha.gov.in were also found to be affected by the hack as both the sites were down at the time of reporting.This is not the first time that hackers have targeted official websites of the Indian government. Last year, authorities had temporarily taken down the Ministry of Home Affairs website after a cyber attack was reported.

In the last month, the Parliament was informed that over 22,000 Indian websites, including 114 government portals were hacked between April 2017 and January 2018.

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