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.
"Action is initiated after the hacking of MoD website ( http://mod.nic.in ). 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 Twitter stormed with comment criticizing the incident.
A Twitterers termed the incident as an "embarrassment for the Ministry."
Evidently, the cyber attack has not been a new strategy and government officials have been prime targets of the hackers.
In fact, more than 700 websites under the Indian government have been hacked from 2013 to 2016.
The website was, however, blocked immediately by the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT.IN).
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