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Pak hackers break into BSNL website


VADODARA: The vulnerability of government websites surfaced yet again when the website of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) was hacked by some unscrupulous elements a couple of months ago. The hackers, who claimed to be from Pakistan, managed to break into dotsoft.bsnl.com that is meant for internal communication of BSNL officials. BSNL learnt about the incident when city police officials intimated them about it in January this year.

The cops met BSNL officials twice and explained them about abusive language appearing on their website. The government telecom company swung into action later and debarred public access for the page altogether from its website.

"BSNL officials were left surprised when they were told about the hacking episode. They were told that some Pakistani hackers are playing mischief on their website. It took time for them to understand the seriousness of the episode," said a police official.

"It is very difficult to find out when the website was hacked but the hackers had access to all the communication that was done internally by BSNL. We learnt about the incident while surfing the BSNL website. The matter was reported to senior police officials too," the official added.

Ethnical hacker Bhaumik Merchant, who helped the police in investigating the incident, said, "Hackers can break into any website even if there is a slight security lapse. Similar thing happened with BSNL. The Pakistani hackers hacked into the dotsoft.bsnl that is meant for internal communication. They could have deleted, added or misused the data in the website."

A senior BSNL official said, "Some mischievous elements did break into our website, but no undue episode has been reported. We forwarded the complaint to senior officials and the page was removed from the website. As such, the dotsoft software will be redundant soon as BSNL has opted for a new software."

Courtsey: TimesofIndia
Pak hackers break into BSNL website Reviewed by Sartaj Husain on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Rating: 5

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