More than 700 websites of Indian ministry and state government were hacked between 2013 and 2016. This information was shared with Indian Parliament by the Minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in a written reply.
As per information reported by Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), which works under Ministry of IT, 199 websites of central and state department were hacked in 2016 itself, whereas it was 165 in 2015, 155 in 2014 and 189 in 2013.
Indian Government asserted that 8348 persons were arrested during 2014-15 under different provisions of law relating to cyber-crime. However, only 315 people were convicted.
In most recently cyber-attack, the website of National Security Guard (NSG), a paramilitary force comprising anti-terror crack commandos, was partially defaced and abusive messages were posted on the home page by unknown hackers on January 1.
Minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the government has initiated several policies to muscle up cyber security in India. Such policies include both legal and technical measures such as an audit of the systems and networks.
The minister also added to focus on increasing awareness in the area of cyber security, sharing threat-related information with stakeholders.
“India will focus on developing world class Infrastructure to address the issue of cyber hacking,” added Minister of state for Home.