CBI registers case for defacement of its website

The CBI registered the case under various sections of Information Technology Act.

Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 00:35 AM IST

New Delhi: The CBI on Saturday registered a case
against unknown persons for hacking and defacement of its
official website by people who identified themselves as
"Pakistani Cyber Army".

The CBI registered the case under various sections of
Information Technology Act and said efforts were underway to
restore the website for public interface at the earliest, an
official spokesperson said here.

In a brief statement, the spokesperson said, "It has
come to the notice of the CBI that its official website was
unauthorisedly accessed and defaced in the intervening night
of December 3 and 4.

"A case has been registered in this connection in the
cyber crime cell of the CBI and efforts are underway to
restore the website with the help of National Informatics
Centre and the CBI cyber security experts," the spokesperson
said.

The home page of the CBI website was hacked and it had
a message from the `Pakistani Cyber Army` warning the `Indian
Cyber Army` that their websites should not be attacked.
The hackers infiltrated into the CBI website, supposed
to be one of the most secure websites. The CBI is connected to
the command centre of world police organisation - Interpol -
24x7.

The message from the hackers also spoke about the
filtering controls provided by the NIC, a body which mans
computer servers across the country.

Intelligence agencies have been often warning the
government that proper cyber security was not being ensured in
offices and that no security audit was being carried out.

The `Pakistani Cyber Army` also threatened to carry
out "mass defacement" of other websites.
The cases were registered under Section 43 and 66 of
the IT Act, the spokesperson said.

As per Section 43 of the Act, a person charged for
tampering with or manipulating any computer, computer system
or compute network he shall be liable to pay damages by way of
compensation not exceeding one crore rupees to the person (or
firm) so affected.

Section 66 says, "Whoever commits hacking shall be
punished with imprisonment up to three years, or with fine
which may extend up to two lakh rupees, or with both."

PTI