50+ Government Websites Hacked, 8 Data Breaches In the 2022 Year, Says IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

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Globally there are a lot of IT attacks going on, numbers are tragically increased in the last few years, India’s IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has said that about 50+ government websites have been hacked and there were eight data breaches in 2022-23 which is needed to be protected.

Union minister of communication, electronics, and information technology Ashwini Vaishnaw told Rajya Sabha that in comparison with 2022-23, there were 59 government sites that were hacked by native hackers and other country’s hackers in 2020 and this number was 42 in 2021. Both years saw six and seven events of data breaches, respectively.

“Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has also responded later and said that it has noticed and checked 2,83,581, 4,32,057, and 3,24,620 malicious scams during the years 2020, 2021, and 2022 years respectively,” the minister said.

The location of the cyber attackers was interesting as they were from internationally and within the country too, however, did not name the websites which were attacked in 2022-23.

“There have been attempts from time to time to launch cyber-attacks on Indian cyberspace from both outside and within the country. It has been observed that such attacks compromise computer systems located in different parts of the world and use masquerading techniques and hidden servers to hide the identity of actual systems from which the attacks are launched,” he added.

He also said that the Legal action was taken by the CERT-In and other law enforcement authorities coordinated.

CERT-In alerts

“When a cyber event occurs, CERT-In alerts the impacted organizations and advises them on the necessary corrective action. Additionally, it continuously publishes alerts and advisories on the most recent cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and protective measures,” he said.

Cyberattack on AIIMS

The year 2022 saw one of the biggest cyberattacks in India wherein the country’s premier institution, All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS), was hit by a ransomware attack. The AIIMS server went offline for about two weeks before authorities recovered data and systems went online.

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