The official website of the country’s elite security force, National Security Guards, was hacked by a group that identified itself as ‘Alone Injector’ on January 1.
The hackers appeared to be some Pakistan-affiliated operatives and they defaced the NSG website by posting some objectionable messages against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The hackers also posted a photograph showing policemen lathi-charging civilians along with a caption that said “Free Kashmir”.
Soon after it was hacked, the NSG’s URL, www.Nsg.Gov.in, was blocked from the Delhi-based headquarters.
Officials said the hacking attempt could have been carried out by Pakistan-affiliated hackers, though a probe will ascertain the exact identity of the hackers.
As a precautionary measure, the agency has also taken the step to secure the websites and data of other security and defence agencies.
The NSG’s website is maintained from the force’s Delhi headquarters and primarily gives information about the agency, its origin and operations.
The elite commando force has been involved in important counter-terror operations, like the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, and its Black Cat commandos also provide security cover to some top VIPs. The force was raised in 1984 as a highly specialised unit to deal with terror and piracy activities.
In a similar incident, few weeks ago, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked. A series of abusive tweets were posted from Rahul Gandhi’s verified account, the display picture and bio were changed. In addition, the party’s account on the microblogging site was hacked in a similar fashion.