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Ministry of Defence official website hacked

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The website of was hacked on Friday, raising a serious question on the security system of the country.

On visiting, the website displayed an 'error' message and asked users to 'try again later' with Chinese characters appearing on the home page of the website.

Taking to her handle, said that the website will be restored shortly and assured to take steps to prevent such eventuality in the future.

"Action is initiated after the hacking of MoD website ( ). The website shall be restored shortly. Needless to say, every possible step required to prevent any such eventuality in the future will be taken. @DefenceMinIndia @PIB_India @PIBHindi," Sitharaman Tweeted.

Following the incident, the stormed with comment criticizing the incident.

A Twitterers termed the incident as an "embarrassment for the Ministry."

"Big embarrassment for @DefenceMinIndia . MoD website has been defaced by what seem to be Chinese hackers. translates the Chinese symbol to 'Not Early'," he Tweeted.

Other user referred it as an "insufficiency" of the

Time has come for a "" is insufficient and can't keep pace with technology.

Evidently, the cyber attack has not been a new strategy and officials have been prime targets of the hackers.

In 2016, a total of 199 websites were hacked in India, the (MHA) had told the Parliament.

In fact, more than 700 websites under the Indian have been hacked from 2013 to 2016.

Last year in January, the website of the Security Guard (NSG), the unit combating terror activities, was also hacked posing unprecedented threat to security.

The website was, however, blocked immediately by the (CERT.IN).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 06 2018. 17:35 IST
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