Monday, 29 August 2016

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An Islamist hacker group with interests in Myanmar hacked the Mysore University website on Sunday and posted jihadi literature on its homepage. The site remained defaced for about eight hours.

The hackers used the website to promote Fallaga Team, believed to be a Tunisian Islamist hacker entity.

As soon as the university noticed the breach, it swung into action, erased the t ext and restored the site. Police said the hackers identified themselves as the 'Tunisian cyber res istance al-F allaga Team'. The message called for an end to the recent sectarian killings in Myanmar.

Home minister G Parameshwara said cybercrime cops have launched a hunt for th e hackers. The incident comes close on the heels of a bomb blast at a Mysuru court.

It was at 7.45am on Sunday that the university top brass learnt about the hacking of its site. In the next 20 minutes, they got the post removed by delinking the URL from the varsity's URL. The website was restored by 8.10am.

Registrar C Basavaraju told TOI they are yet to ascertain the motive behind the defacing of the site. "As soon as we learnt about the incident, we successfully took corrective action in quick time," he added.

The university server is located at its PG campus Manasagangotri. The staff gained remote access to remove the URL. A probe is on to find out if data was stolen. "The hackers have used our platform to insert their page by adding their URL," said G Hemantha Kumar, a computer science professor. He denied data theft.

Kumar, the system coordinator for the varsity's information and communication division, said the website firewall has been reconfigured to beef up its security, besides adding more preventive measures. The authorities are assessing the number of visitors to the site during the period of hacking. Officials are also trying to locate the point of breach. The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences website was hacked recently but without any post.


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