Indian Revenue Service website taken down by 'Pakistani' hackers

Published: February 8, 2016
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The official web portal of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) was allegedly hacked by a suspected group of Pakistan-based hackers.

According to officials, the website which belonged to India’s Income Tax department, was hacked early Saturday and still remains offline.

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Officials further claimed that messages, which read, ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and ‘We are team Pak cyber attacker’, were posted on the website.

Authorities later took charge and left a message for their visitors, stating, “We’ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment.”

The portal acts as an official communicator between the country’s Central Board of Direct Taxes and the IT department field offices.

In May 2015, Indian music streaming website Gaana.com was hacked by a netizen who goes by the name Mak Man. It was later discovered that the hacker belonged to Pakistan, and is based in Lahore.

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Interestingly, the CEO later offered the hacker a job at Gaana.com to help find other issue on the website. After hacking the website, ‘Mak Man’ shared the news on Facebook, according to Business Standard, and wrote: “Mak Man”.

Many took to Twitter when the news surfaced.

This article originally appeared on Times of India

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Feb 8, 2016 - 2:41PM

    Good, but no cigar… Should have collected some tax revenues online from the good Indian folks to contribute to the upkeep of our forces patrolling the border bcause of them !Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 8, 2016 - 2:57PM

    Shameful act. This person should be hauled up and put behind bars. Totally irresponsible act. Recommend

  • Feb 8, 2016 - 4:25PM

    This is not good. I am also IT professional but its not good at all. Recommend

  • Mazo
    Feb 10, 2016 - 6:10PM

    @Rollin & Trollin:
    How would the hackers “collect Tax revenues” online ? Do you think Indians pay taxes in bitcoins or provide their bank account numbers to the Tax department which it stores on a website? Do you even know how hacking works ? Tax websites have tax details that some script kiddy thought it was some great achievement only shows that the only target they could hit was the tax website – the most boring govt website . Recommend

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