Hacker Group Targets Indian Government Websites In Protest Of Internet Ban In Jammu And Kashmir

May 18, 2020

According to reports in the Indian press, on March 19, 2020, the group Ghost Squad Hackers, led by an individual who goes by the alias S1ege, targeted a number of Indian government websites, including the employee management platform of the Indian state of Telegana, several websites belonging to the Punjab government, as well as the sites of other Indian state governments. Over email, S1ege told a reporter: "We were motivated to deface the Indian government websites due to internet censorship in Kashmir." S1ege also said: "We discovered a private exploit in the software that the servers were using, allowing us to gain remote access to them. There were some egress filters, but we managed to bypass the firewall and upload a shell. After gaining access, we escalated privileges and defaced the web root index of the server."

The Ghost Squad Hackers are responsible for leaking sensitive data regarding the governments of the United States and Israel, and have previously targeted ISIS.

Source: Newindianexpress.com, May 14, 2020.

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