I-T dept website for IRS officers hacked

Internet“Pak Cyber Thunders. Hacked by Pak MOnster!” reads the Officials website of the Income Tax department irsofficersonline.gov.in. It was hacked late evening and a message posted on the wall of the portal.

It’s a reality check for the Modi Government’s hyped programme Digital India. The official website of the IRS officers belonging to the Income Tax department was today hacked. It fully exposes the level of safeguards that we have, if the sites of so sensitive departments are not safe.

The website, they said, has been rendered inaccessible as of now. A screen grab of the hacked site read: “shame on your security. Your site is hacked is because of your high security!” along with messages like “Pakistan Zindabad”.

Incidentally, the same portal was hacked in February last year and messages such as “Pakistan Zindabad” and “we are team Pak cyber attacker” were posted on it.

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The website acts as an official communicator for work between the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the I-T department’s field offices in the country.

They said the technical team handling the website has sent a report in this regard to the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), which is the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify defences of the Indian internet domain.

Officials said a security audit will be undertaken of the website, adding no sensitive or secret information was uploaded on the universal resource locator (URL) of the IRS community working in the I-T department.

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