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25 government websites were hacked till May 2019, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 11, 2019 Published on July 11, 2019

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Electronics and IT Minister (File photo)

“Government is enhancing cyber security in the country”

About 25 websites of Central Ministries and state governments were hacked in the first five months of 2019, Parliament was informed on Thursday.

“As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total number of 199, 172, 110 and 25 websites of Central Ministries/Departments and State Governments were hacked during the year 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (till May), respectively,” Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

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He noted that with the proliferation of information technology and related services, cyber attacks have become a global phenomena. “Cyberspace is virtual and borderless, thus cyber attacks can come from anywhere, anytime and by anyone...Government has taken several steps to prevent cyber security incidents and enhancing cyber security in the country,” he said.

The government has established National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) for protection of critical information infrastructure in the country, as per the provisions of section 70A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, he said.

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats and countermeasures on a regular basis. The organisation has also published guidelines for securing IT infrastructure which are available on its website, he said.

Published on July 11, 2019

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