After embarrassing the Andhra Pradesh Government on the eve of its Budget presentation for 2012-13, hackers have launched series of attacks on Monday afternoon. Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiah, State IT Minister, has confirmed that Indonesia, Algeria and Turkey have made several attempts to intrude into a host of Government websites this afternoon as it begins to restore them after the devastating attack last week.
“This time around they are not successful as internal security audit was done on the sites before making them operational,” Mr Lakshmaiah said this evening.
In a bid to make the sites attack-proof, the Government has convened a meeting of officials from Information Technology and Communication, investigating agencies, empanelled agencies and maintenance agencies on February 22.
The State Government appointed Cyber Security Works to audit application security audit on AP State Data Centre (APSDC) that hosts 27 Government sites. The CERT-In (the Indian Cyber Emergency Response Team), which swung into action, found chinks in www. christianminorities.ap.gov.in Web site that was used by the hackers to sneak and create a havoc.
Wipro ethical hackers
To make it doubly sure about security, a Wipro ethical hackers team has been asked to conduct test on the audited applications before hosting them again. The Government restored at least four sites, including the flagship goir.ap.gov.in and fms.ap.gov.in. “Audit on seven applications is completed. Audit is underway on six more applications which is expected to be completed tonight,” the IT Minister said.
The most vulnerable site will undergo further examination.