New Delhi, May 22: The official website of Jamia Millia Islamia University was hacked late midnight on Tuesday. When students of Jamia’s mass communication course reportedly accessed the website at around 12:30am, the website (http://jmi.ac.in), a birthday wish welcomed them which read, “Happy Birthday Pooja. Your love.” Also Read - 'No One Will Fight For Democracy in Future': Twitter Revolts as JNU Student Natasha Narwal Charged Under UAPA After Anti-CAA Protest
Arif, a final year student, who visited the site late midnight said that instead of the usual page with the information about the university, he found this weird message of someone trying to express his/her love. However, no individual or group has claimed responsibility for the same. The university officials have not commented on the hacking episode so far. Also Read - 'Will Emerge Stronger': Twitter Shows Solidarity With Arrest of Students Under Lockdown as Jamia Millia Islamia Turns 100, Trends #StandWithJamia
Last month, the official website of the Supreme Court was hacked. The site, supremecourtofindia.nic.in, displayed a leaf-like image with text “Hackeado por HiTech Brazil Hac Team” on top. Also Read - Trending News Today May 14, 2020: Delhi Riots: Police Sends Notice to Another Jamia Student Under UAPA, Calls For Interrogation Despite COVID-19 Case at Special Cell Headquarters
Earlier this year, websites of Home, Defence, Law and Labour Ministries also went down in a suspected cyber attack, raising a serious question on the security system of the country. However, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) had maintained that it was a “technical configuration issue. “ On that note, in 2016, a total of 199 government websites were hacked in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had told the Parliament. In fact, more than 700 websites under the Indian government have been hacked from 2013 to 2016.
Last year in January, the website of the National Security Guard (NSG), the Indian Special Forces unit combating terror activities, was also hacked posing un-precedented threat to national security.
(With agency inputs)