Jan 06, 2009
New Delhi: After the Mumbai Terror strikes, anti-India elements in
Pakistan are now planning an attack on Indian computer networks,
intelligence agencies have warned.
Already Pakistani hackers are trying out a dry run against Indian
networks through popular websites registered there after the Mumbai
terror strikes, Home Ministry sources said in New Delhi on Tuesday.
"Every time the relations between the two countries dampen, Pakistanis
start attacking Indian computer networks and this has increased after
the Mumbai terror attacks," a Home Ministry source said.
Pakistani hackers have created websites such as the www.songs.pk, which
are infested with software to hack data from the targeted computers, it
"The website www.songs.pk has over 12 lakh Indian users who are
downloading stuff from these websites daily," said a cyber expert in the
With these websites being highly popular, it will take only a few
minutes for the hackers to take command of over 12 lakh computers in few
minutes and the number of such computers can multiply in every minute,
"Instead of the existing less harmful virus, new ones such as Botnet and
Zoombie can be easily released into the Indian computers, which later on
replicate and make the entire server vulnerable," the expert said.
"Nowadays new virus and worms are detected while downloading songs from
these websites, which could be just a dry run to manage a bigger
attack," he said.
Government websites have been highly vulnerable to hacking and they have
been intruded many times by the Pakistani hackers.
"Most of the time, these cases are not reported as the server is based
in Pakistan and we cannot do anything in this regard," the expert said.
The anti-virus software, too, cannot work in such situation as the virus
used in such cyber wars are usually new and the anti-virus software
cannot identity and detect it, he said.
"If anti-virus software cannot identify the signature of the virus
coming through Internet, it will not detect it and as a result the virus
will be downloaded in the computer in spite of such software available
in the network," the expert added.
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