Six more websites defaced by a Pakistani hacker group have come to light, bringing the total up to 10. These are in addition to the four earlier reported by a leading daily on Tuesday.
These websites belonged to following institutions: University of Kota, IIT BHU, Army Institute of Management and Technology, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Army Institute of Management, and the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences.
The four websites reported earlier were: National Aeronautics Ltd, AMU, IIT Delhi and Delhi University. The hacker group — Pakistan Haxor Crew — claimed the action was to avenge the defacement of the Pakistan Railways website by an Indian hacker and to show solidarity with Kashmiris.
The collective claims to be a bunch of teenagers that came together in 2011. A leading daily contacted the group asking how the reprisal against the Indian hacker and the Kashmir issue were related. They responded by calling the Indian hack “too much childish (sic)” and said that this slew of hacks on Indian websites was “payback” to Indian hackers “who keep defacing 3rd class pakistani (sic) websites and put slang content about Pakistan and Kashmir on those sites.”
Speaking with a leading daily over Facebook chat, they said these hacks were just a “trailer” and claimed to be capable of more. “And I am telling you that it was just a trailer if they continue to hack Pakistani websites then they should know that we have almost every registry access and we can give them a much bigger attack,” the group said. An internet registry coordinates and manages the allocation of IP addresses to websites.
On Tuesday, Pakistan Haxors Crew hacked and defaced these websites to display a message accusing the Indian army of atrocities and expressing “solidarity” with the people of Kashmir. The defaced pages also featured two videos that accused the Indian Army of committing human rights violations. By Wednesday afternoon, nine of the 10 websites defaced by PHC were restored.