IRS Website Hacked, Down Since Saturday
The Indian Revenue Service (IRS) website has been hacked and reports suggest that a Pakistani group is behind the hack. According to Indian Express, after hacking the website http://www.irsofficersonline.gov.in, the hackers reportedly wrote ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and ‘We are cyber attack team of Pakistan’.
After the hack, the website put up a message saying, “We’ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment.” The IRS site is used as an official communicator for official work between the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the IT department field offices in the country.
As per the Daily, the hackers got into the ‘Official Communique (for IRS officers only)’ section and wrote – “Hacked by Faisal 1337, Dated: 05/02/2016, Pakistan Zindabad” and “We are Team Pak Cyber Attacker. Go Home Kiddo India Kids Hacker.”
The technical team of IRS website is seeking help from the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), an agency that deals in combat hacking, phishing and fortifying security-related defences of the Indian Internet domain.
“Thankfully, the website does not have information that can compromise national security,” an IRS officer commented.