Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More 'Political Hacking' in India

CyberMedia India Online (CIOL) looks at politically motivated computer crime in an article with the subtitle "Imagine if computer hackers, the daredevils of the networked world, turn into principled political activists".

The article mostly reviews incidents around the world, not all with political motivation. However, it does discuss some recent activity in India related to attacks that are alleged to have originated in Pakistan or are in support of Islamic causes:
"In a virtual act of mocking the cyber crime department of the police the official website of the Andhra Pradesh Crime Investigation Department (CID), www.cidap.gov.in, was hacked and defaced recently. Though no one has publicly claimed responsibility for the act, the abusive message posted on the website points to some Islamic fundamentalist group.

"The group had hacked nearly five India's site, including that of the ONGC, in a 'retaliatory' action against the hacking of the site of Pakistan's OGRA (Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority)

"Amidst reports from all over the world regarding hacking celebrity sites and other websites, the community site of the former President of India, Dr. APJ Kalam, in Orkut World, was recently targeted by Pakistani hackers."

Is hacking a war tool?

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