Websites defacement is a very common problem in Indian cyberspace. It is next to impossible to secure websites and some vulnerability can always be found in one form or other. Whether it is the server side configuration or using of insecure codes and scripts, websites are constantly targeted by crackers. Websites hosted on shared servers are more prone to cyber attackers and compromise of such shared server would result in compromise of all websites hosted on the same.
In India the National Informatics Centre (NIC) manages many issues of hosting of government websites. This is logical as well as government websites may contain sensitive information and data that cannot be stored on private servers.However, even the websites hosted on NIC servers are not immune from cyber attacks.
In the latest case, the website of Ministry of Home Affairs is alleged to be compromised by crackers. It has been blocked for the time being till investigation in this regard is completed. However, a top official of the Ministry has confirmed that no such cracking incident
took place and said that the site was blocked since it was under construction.
We at Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research and Development in India (CECSRDI)
firmly believe that Indian government must develop both offensive and defensive cyber security capabilities
. Cyber security infrastructure in India
is still not effective and it needs rejuvenation and strengthening
have also released techno legal cyber security trends of India 2017 for various stakeholders, including Indian government. We have outlined the cyber security challenges that Indian government would face in the year 2017.
We have also suggested that with an increased focus upon digital India project, cyber security
should be the priority for Indian government. Indian government is already in the process of establishing the national cyber coordination centre (NCCC)
of India and NCCC may be functional very soon. Once NCCC is functional, issues like cyber attacks and website defacement would be better managed in India.