This Article is From Apr 25, 2012

Over 130 government websites hacked in three months

Over 130 government websites hacked in three months
New Delhi: Over 130 government websites were hacked during the first three months of 2012, Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot said on Wednesday.

"As per incidents reported to and tracked by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), 133 government Web sites were hacked during January to March 2012," Mr Pilot said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Mr Pilot said the government had taken various measures to tackle cybercrimes like setting up of early warning and response to cyber security incidents through the CERT-In and collaboration at national and international levels for information sharing and mitigation of cyberattacks.

It was also mulling plans to set up a Cyber Coordination Centre to stop cybercrimes.

"Preliminary discussions have been held on establishment of a multi stakeholder Cyber Coordination Centre which will detect malicious cyber activities in the Indian Cyber space and issue early warning alerts," Mr Pilot added.

A total of 9,22,04,248 government websites were hacked during the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

As per the Reserve Bank of India, 2,232 Internet fraud cases involving Rs 1,234.94 lakh were registered in the year 2010 while Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered two cybercrime cases involving Rs 17 lakh during 2010.

According to Norton Cyber Crime Report published in August 2011, $4 billion were lost due to cybercrime in India compared to $114 billion world-wide and 80 per cent of the people surveyed experienced cybercrime.