Indian hackers ‘pay back’ Pakistan for 26/11

A Pakistani government website hacked by Indian hacker.

Team Indian Black Hats hacked around ten Pakistani websites, including a high profile Pakistan government website.

A group of Indian hackers, calling themselves the Indian Black Hats have launched a symbolic cyber attack against Pakistan for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, by hacking into two government sites and around 10 non-government domains on Thursday, the fourth anniversary of the terror attacks.

According to one of the hackers, the attack which began in the wee hours of Thursday was led by ‘team Indian Black Hats’, a group of like-minded hackers from across the country. The same team was in cyber space from 2011 to 2013 under the name Indian Cyber Devils, and after a brief lull with members continuing to be active with various other hackers’ groups, had revived itself from January 2015.

The websites that the Indian Black Hats hacked till evening on Thursday were www.csd.gov.pk and www.mona.gov.pk, while a variety of non-government domains, including www.metroshoes.com.pk, as well were hacked by the Black Hats. The “attack” was launched as a tribute to the martyrs of 26/11, they said, adding that the “payback” was still on.

Incidentally, a similar group, Mallu Cyber Soldiers, had earlier hacked several Pakistani government websites in retaliation to an attack by Pakistani hackers on the Kerala government’s website in September apart from mounting a cyber war of sorts against websites that allegedly were part of online prostitution rackets.

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Anonymous has begun leaking the personal information of suspected extremists, after it “declared war” on Isis in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris.

The activist collective is assembling lists of the Twitter accounts and websites of extremists, in an attempt to have them taken down. At least one post seen by The Independent contains details including the physical address of a person it claims is an Isis recruiter in Europe.

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Activists claim to have successfully had accounts and sites taken down already. Accounts associated with the group claimed that it was responsible for the removal of more than 5,500 accounts.

The group appears to have stepped up its tactics for what it called its “biggest operation” ever, in response to the attacks that left 129 dead. Previously it had largely focused on social media accounts.

Anonymous began its campaign against Isis in earnest after the killings at Charlie Hebdo in January. That work included launching attacks on extremist websites and finding extremist accounts on Twitter so that the social network could take them down.

It has continued that work this time around. Its attacks on websites seem to use a distributed denial of service, a technique that overloads a site’s servers until they go offline. The Twitter accounts are taken down by the network itself, in response to requests the activists make once they are found.

Cyber-war: Indian hackers hack 250+ Pakistani websites after attack on Kerala govt’s website

New Delhi: Seems like India and Pakistan are locked in a digital war!
Late Saturday night, the official website of the Kerala Government: kerala.gov.in, was hacked by a person identifying himself as Faisal Afzal aka ‘Faisal 1337′ for reasons unknown.

Well, someone had to retaliate! Within a few hours of the attack, an Indian hacking group hacked more than 250 Pakistani websites, which included official website of Pakistan’s President, official website of Pakistani Govt., official website of Pakistani Railways.

Going by the name, “The Mallu Cyber Soldiers” the group claimed responsibility of the retaliation and announced their act as payback to the Pakistani hack of the Kerala Government’s website.

They also posted a message on their Facebook page, “!!Message to Script Kiddies of Pakistan ….Do not touch Indian Websites !!! Now your 46 Pakistan government websites got crashed and 4 educational websites got defaced. This is a small payback for hacking kerala.gov.in. Faisal 1337 go home kiddo, you are F*ucked.

 

Source : Zee News

There’s an Indo-Pak cyber war afoot, and the governments have nothing to do with it

The take-down of the Kerala government website on Sunday has wildly escalated into a full scale cyber war between the two countries. The problem is, the war seems to have been started, and is being continued by individual players with nothing to lose.

Yesterday, news emerged that the Kerala government’s official website, kerala.gov.in, was hacked and defaced by a “suspected Pakistan-based hacker”. The police cyber cell is still probing the incident, and the website has since been restored.

However, mere hours after the incident came to light, hackers here in India had formulated a plan of their own. What has followed can only be described as coordinated cyber warfare, with at least 227 Pakistani websites being attacked, though that number has probably spiked since I’ve written this article.

The “counter attack”, titled #OpPak, is backed by a number of hacker groups in the country and, though a ring leader can be tough to identify, the main players are easy enough to pick out. Hell Shield Hackers is one of the groups leading the charge, a team comprised of hackers [email protected]@rus, Psychotic overload, Distroyer 404, poison operator, Darka NSH, and IN73CT0R D3VIL. Though there are likely other members, various tweets confirm that these few are the currently active members. There’s also theMallu Cyber Soldiers and IndiShell, who don’t seem to be active on Twitter right now, but are still thanked on a Pakistani website that was defaced.

Among the many Pakistani websites listed here that were defaced, hacked, or DDoS’d, a lot of them are government websites. Meanwhile, the hacker behind the Keralagovernment attack was one Faisal Afzal, a coder who has attacked Indian institutional websites in the past. And the Kerala government website wasn’t his only target it seems. Faisal 1337, as he calls himself, has also identified http://banking.csc.gov.in, http://insurance.csc.gov.in, http://gokdelhi.kerala.gov.in/, and even the Chennai customs website, earlier on September 26.

Hell Shield Hackers

Indian Hackers havent hacked a single pakistani site after 15th August 2015. But Faisal Afzal hacked kerala.gov.in .. Dude? We are not sleeping . If you even touch a Indian site, we will crush you up.. :3 .Now feel the heat pakistan.gov.pk hacked.

The Indian teams have taken up the mantle of avengers, calling themselves India’s “cyber warriors”. Some might see this as an overreaction to one man’s hacking. Others might see it as righteous payback for a slight from a Pakistani man, a country we have longed viewed with contempt, and vice versa. But is anyone else (like me) absolutely terrified by this entire thing? Let’s be clear, it does inspire a twisted sense of awe to see so many hackers unite under one banner to “defend” their national pride. But, at the end of the day, it’s likely not the hackers that will suffer the consequences of a cyber war.

One Pakistani hacker defaced an India government website but, to be fair, Hell Shield Hackers have themselves clearly stated that they attacked various Pakistani websites on August 15. This kind of back and forth isn’t really something that can be controlled by cyber security forces; there simple isn’t enough man power to monitor every individual, but at least it’s confined to a manageable level. But the scary part is that, our own hackers responded to this singular incident with brute force, taking down at least 227 websites in return. In war terms, that would be like responding to a cross-border raid by one platoon with a full-scale tank invasion of a border town. And you can be sure neither party is going to pull the plug easily; escalation begets itself, and it’s likely only a matter of time before Pakistani hackers rally and launch a counter attack of their own.

And the problem with these hacker teams duking it out is that their targets aren’t each other, but instead the institutions that they claim to be representing. A hacker team won’t be hurt a cyber attack, only the victim country’s functioning will. And yet, the tit-for-tat will continue, with hackers dealing out insults, and countries suffering the blows. It’s a mercenary war with countries on the line. And it’s likely to get very ugly very soon.