Over 600 social media accounts of Indian govt hacked since 2017

New Delhi, April 06 (KMS): Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur has said that over 600 social media accounts of the Indian government were hacked in the last five years.

Responding to a query in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament, on the hacking of government’s Twitter handles and e-mail accounts, the minister said since 2017, 641 such accounts have been hacked.

Altogether 175 accounts were hacked in 2017, 114 in 2018, 61 in 2019, 77 in 2020, 186 in 2021 and 28 so far this year, he said in a written reply.

Thakur said the information was made available by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) to the Ministry of Electronics And Information Technology (MeitY).

Responding to the query on steps being taken by the government to prevent such intrusions in future, the minister said in order to enhance cyber security, CERT-In was set up. It issues alerts and advisories about latest cyber threats and countermeasures on a regular basis to ensure safe use of digital technologies.

“CERT-In has issued 68 advisories for organizations and users for data security and mitigating fraudulent activities.

“On observing compromise of websites/ e-mail/ Twitter accounts, CERT-In notifies the affected entities along with remedial actions to be taken. CERT-In coordinates incident response measures with affected entities, service providers, sectoral Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) as well as Law Enforcement Agencies,” the minister said.