India's cybersecurity chief has cleared it out that there was no cyber attack on the government's websites, in fact, they were facing a downtime due to "hardware failure". The websites of the defence ministry, home, law and labour ministries had crashed last evening at the same time raising suspicion of getting hacked. First of all the defence ministry started to display an error page and had Chinese symbol which apparently meant "Not Early". National cybersecurity coordinator Gulshan Rai revealed to a leading daily.
There has been no cyber attack on any government website or any sabotage. It is a hardware failure, affecting around 10 government websites. Drupal is a content management software used by the affected websites. The websites will be restored soon.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to her official Twitter handle announcing to take an "appropriate action" she further added to "prevent any such eventuality in the future." https://twitter.com/DefenceMinIndia/status/982219029451440128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftimesofindia.indiatimes.com%2Findia%2Fdefence-ministry-website-allegedly-hacked-displays-chinese-character%2Farticleshow%2F63643681.cms A ministry spokesperson also stated;
We are seized of the matter. The National Informatics Centre, which maintains the website, is trying to restore it.An official had earlier stated that Chinese hackers may be involved in defacing the website, reported PTI. Though hours later National Informatics Centre (NIC) had denied reports of a hack, instead terming the matter a "technical issue," reported ANI. "Ministry of Defence website is not hacked. There is some technical issue since 2:30 pm today," it said. https://twitter.com/nsitharaman/status/982223129878544384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftimesofindia.indiatimes.com%2Findia%2Fdefence-ministry-website-allegedly-hacked-displays-chinese-character%2Farticleshow%2F63643681.cms