Allahabad University Official website hacked

September 16, 2014

ALLAHABAD: The official website of Allahabad University (AU) was hacked last week while being updated by the experts of AU's ICT (Information and communication technology) cell. After remaining offline for five days, an FIR has been lodged and the website has started working after its security features were strengthened.

As per reports, the incident took place when the site was being updated by the experts of AU's ICT cell on September 6. The ICT Cell of the university has three experts--AU's JK institute of Applied Physics and Technology besides one expert each from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) and Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A) as members. As the experts of the cell were working on the site, hackers hacked the site taking advantage reportedly of the security features of the site being down. The site reportedly suffered no loss of data or defacing and the administrator regained control of the site and was able to bring it online after strengthening the security features.It was after much effort that the ICT cell experts regained control of the site and manage to bring it online after five days with strengthened security features.

Convener of the AU ICT cell JA Ansari informed about the hacking in writing to the AU registrar BP Singh who then asked the AU proctor RK Upadhyay to lodge an FIR in this regard. "I submitted a complaint informing about the hacking of the AU website to Colonelganj police on September 12 and they have now lodged an FIR against unidentified hackers in this connection," said AU chief proctor, Prof R K Upadhayay.

An FIR has been lodged under section 65 (tampering with computer source documents) and 66 (computer related offences) of the IT Act. The case would be probed by the cyber crime cell of the district police, he added.

AU's ICT Cell chairman RK Singh said that the hackers were not able to harm the website or alter/steal any confidential data owing to the pre-emptive action of the ICT cell experts. 'The site is online with better security features now," he added.


Source: T.O.I

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