IRS Website Hacked by Suspected Pakistani Hackers

IRS: Indian Revenue Service is the administrative revenue service of the Central Civil Services of the Government of India. IRS comprises two branches – IRS (Income Tax) and IRS (Customs and Central Excise). Earlier on Saturday of 6th February of 2016 official report said the website http://www.irsofficersonline.gov.in was hacked.

Suspected Pakistan-based groups have hacked the official web portal of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) belonging to the Income Tax department. In Addition they left messages on the link like “Pakistan Zindabad” and “we are team Pak cyber attacker”. And another message read- “Feel the power of Pakistan, Indian gov website pwned (sic)”

The technical team which handling the website has sent a report in this regard to the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In). The CERT-In is the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security-related defenses of the Indian Internet domain.

The website contain crucial information and data on IRS officers. The government website meant for Indian Revenue Service officials. At the same time being said that the no theft of any information or data took place.

“Thankfully, the website does not have information that can compromise national security,” an IRS officer was quoted.

Screenshot of IRS Website on 8 Feb 2016

Screenshot of IRS Website on 8 Feb 2016

They said a security audit is being undertaken of the online portal and added that no sensitive or secret information was uploaded on the said Universal Resource Locator (URL) of the IRS community working in the IT department.

For the time being the website, which acts as an official communicator for official work between the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the IT department field offices in the country, has put up a message saying, “We’ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment.”

They said a security audit is being undertaken of the online portal and added that no sensitive or secret information was uploaded on the said Universal Resource Locator (URL) of the IRS community working in the IT department.

Ivory Soda

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