The hacker defaced the homepage with a warning “Hacked Pak Cyber Attackers” and with a slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” displayed at the bottom, followed by “nothing harmed just defaced and deleted some vulnerable files, we are Muslim hackers, we hack for cause, not for fun; contact us.”
Experts at NIT had delinked the website for some time to revive it back within few hours. Indian media claimed that the website was hacked by Faisal Afzal of Pakistan.
A cyber security expert in state capital said that he received a message from black-hat hacker Faisal Afzal on Facebook saying that he had hacked NIT’s website.
“He had been accessing NIT’s website since a year and had never been tracked down. By hacking, Afzal wanted to show how vulnerable the websites are which can be easily hacked,” Mohit said. “He had earlier hacked NIT Kolkata’s website also, link of which is posted on his wall. The mirror link is what the hacker posts and keeps as log about the sites he had hacked and how they looked like after hacking.”
Though the site has been recovered but the danger still looms as the loophole hasn’t been repaired. “The hacker still has the ‘buzz’ and he can hack whenever he wants to again. Buzz is an open source content management system mostly used by amateur users and they are in millions. Once it gets leaked or decoded, anyone can hack the sites,” he warned.
Mocking at digital India week, Afzal has also reportedly warned that Pakistani hackers were planning to hack many more sites of government of India and that how laidback India is in its technological security.
Meanwhile, officials at the NIT said Afzal has not destroyed or deleted any of the files and they would discuss the loophole with cyber experts to resolve the issue.