SC website hacked after Loya ruling

India

19 Apr 2018

Supreme Court website reportedly hacked minutes after Judge Loya ruling

Minutes after the SC refused to order an independent probe in Special CBI Judge BH Loya's death, its website reportedly came under attack from hackers.

Social media users posted screenshots of the website, showing the "HighTech Brazil team" purportedly claiming responsibility.

This makes the second attack on a high-profile organization's website in two weeks: the Defense Ministry website had been targeted on April 6.

Images of the website circulating on social media

Details

Seemingly random message talks of 'beautiful little girl'

Seemingly random message talks of 'beautiful little girl'

The purported claim by the HighTech Brazil team is followed by the image of a cannabis leaf with the message: "Te amo linda pequena... melhor amiga que ja tive."

According to Google, the message in Portuguese translates to "I love you, beautiful little girl ... best friend I've ever had."

Before this message started flashing, the website had crashed after the Loya ruling.

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Attackers

HighTech Brazil HackTeam has had several high-profile targets

The HighTech Brazil HackTeam had gained major attention in 2013 after they reportedly attacked hundreds of websites globally.

Among their victims were the South African satellite TV service TopTV, the Greek National Printing Office and India's wireless Internet provider Reliance Netconnect.

There is speculation that the attack on the SC website was targeted, since it was registering high traffic due to the Loya case.

History

One government website hacked every two days

One government website hacked every two days

Last year, the Home Affairs website had to be taken down after a cyber attack was reported.

Before that, anti-India messages were posted on the NSG website, allegedly by Pakistani operatives.

In 2016, details were leaked from databases of seven Indian missions.

In fact, over 700 websites linked to state/central governments have been hacked in four years, the government says.

About the recent breach on the Defense Ministry website

In the Defense Ministry's case, users were shown a message about an "unexpected error" and some Chinese characters on top of the screen. PTI quoted unnamed officials, who said they suspected China's involvement.

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