by August 27, 2010 0 comments

India Thursday said it has warned the defence services, financial institutions and private sector organisations of a possible cyber attack by Pakistani hackers.

Minister of State for Telecom and IT Sachin Pilot said: “Intelligence agencies recently issued a warning against large scale cyber attacks by Pakistani hacker groups from March 31, 2010, to April 6, 2010, targetting websites of Indian organisations.”

Under attack are also financial institutions, PSUs and Internet service providers, he told the Rajya Sabha.

During the said period, a total 330 websites were defaced.

However, only four websites belonged to government organisations, he said in a written reply to the house.

The minister said the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which detects cyber security threats in the country, has already issued an advisory circulated to all Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) in the government and prominent private sector organisations.

He said the ministries and departments have been advised to audit their IT systems regularly to ensure robustness of their systems.

The government has formulated a Crisis Management Plan for countering cyber attacks and cyber terrorism, which is under implementation by all ministries and departments of the central and state governments and critical sectors.

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