Hackers claiming to belong to the terror group, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), took down the website of the School Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), Gurgaon on Sunday. Later in the day, the SCERT said its website had been retrieved.
A logo of ISIS was displayed on the home page of the website, http://scertharyana.in. An audio of the ISIS anthem also played in the background. According to a staff member of the SCERT, the website was hacked on Sunday morning. However, the staff came to know about it only in the evening.
A police complaint was filed by SCERT director Snehlata.
“We filed a police complaint as soon as we came to know about the website hacking. Now the website has been retrieved,” – Snehlata.
When contacted, ACP (crime) Rajesh Kumar said an FIR has been registered. “The case has been forwarded to the cybercrime cell. We will definitely get all the information about the hacking and the group behind it at the earliest,” he said.
An ethical hacker in town, Himanshu, stressed the importance of updating of websites to ward off hackers. “Many government departments don’t update their servers periodically, as is the practice with private companies. That is what makes them vulnerable to hacking,” Himanshu said.
Talking about plans to safeguard the website, Snehlata said, “We are planning to hand over the website’s maintenance to the NIC to prevent such incidents in the future.” The website gives important information to teachers and students. While teachers get the schedule and details of forthcoming workshops and training programmes, students access the sections on syllabus, suggestions and sample papers on the website.