36 government sites hacked by 'Indian Cyber Army'

Published: November 30, 2010
A screenshot of one of the hacked websites.

A screenshot of one of the hacked websites.

At least 36 government websites were hacked on Tuesday by online hackers going by the name ‘Indian Cyber Army’.

The 36 websites were reportedly hosted on the same server.

According to Express 24/7 correspondent Sabur Ali Syed, some of the websites belong to the Pakistan Army and the others belong to different ministries, including the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Pakistan Computer Bureau and Council of Islamic Ideology etc.

So far, no official statement has come from the government on the cyber attack.

Some of the websites have been made inaccessible while others are partially damaged, reports Sabur. The attackers have reportedly inserted a page on the websites that indicates that the servers have been rooted.

The message on the websites says the attack is related to the Mumbai attacks. The following message can be seen on the page:

Rest In Peace

The Hero’s of 26/11 Who Laid their precious life for the country people


Pakistan’s Main Gov Server 0wned? r00ted? Hell Yes It iS ;)

Everything is in our hands now .

Cyber attacks of a similar nature have been going on since 2001. Messages have been left on official Pakistani and Indian websites in the past.

A couple of months ago, two college students from Kohat were taken into custody by the FIA on accusations of hacking certain Indian websites.

Following is the list of hacked websites:

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: December 02, 2010

The original article incorrectly quoted that Nadra was hacked.

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Reader Comments (66)

  • Ahmed
    Nov 30, 2010 - 4:30PM

    What you sow, sow you reap.Recommend

  • Shemrez Nauman Afzal
    Nov 30, 2010 - 4:37PM

    What is our government’s response?
    Take the links down, or just refuse access to these websites from the national internet carrier, PTCL.
    As of 4:36pm, none of these links are accessible from Pakistan – not even the webpage put up by the hackers.
    Where is the Pakistan Cyber Army when you need it?!Recommend

  • Whocares
    Nov 30, 2010 - 4:45PM

    None of them seems to be hackedRecommend

  • Ronit
    Nov 30, 2010 - 4:53PM

    Hacking is a mutual thing, many Indian sites were also hacked by Pakistani hackers…you should report this also.Recommend

  • Nov 30, 2010 - 4:55PM

    So much for Aman ki AshaRecommend

  • qudrat ullah
    Nov 30, 2010 - 5:09PM

    the “learned” reporter of this newspapers should know that the websites are not hacked rather they are fully functional. however, hackers have inserted a page indian.html into these websites. if you write sites’ name by yourself, they will be opened. Now its Pakistani hackers turn to prove equally competent. Recommend

  • Nov 30, 2010 - 5:16PM

    it was an attempt to hack the sites but all in vain !Recommend

  • Ashfauq
    Nov 30, 2010 - 5:17PM

    BTW do Indians really know what the word Hack means.
    All are working fine. And If all these are restored back so swiftly then bravo! to our pirated softwares, servers & human resource lolz.

    If it were Indian really hacked then thank you Indian for giving us an other opportunity after 28-05-98 to prove we are way ahead.

  • Ghazi Abrar
    Nov 30, 2010 - 5:22PM

    Government’s claimed the attack by the group calling itself the Indian Cyber Army had been successfully thwarted.
    Attack Actually FailedRecommend

  • vasan
    Nov 30, 2010 - 5:24PM

    Looks like they are all fixed now. I couldnt see the tricolour indian flag in these sitesRecommend

  • Amin Mughal
    Nov 30, 2010 - 5:36PM

    A scoop of a scoop!
    Well done, Tribunists.Recommend

  • Kamal
    Nov 30, 2010 - 5:38PM

    Ur rt my Pakistani friends..Attack failed and this picture shown here is taken from some other india site..lolRecommend

  • Kamal
    Nov 30, 2010 - 5:45PM

    Ghazi Abrar,what else Govt can say in these situation???Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 30, 2010 - 5:55PM

    No sensible person can support hacking by cyber criminals. I have seen before Indian sites hacked by some group claimed to be Pakistani. But, why some posters here are trying to score points here? Why there is doubts about the incident? Can’t you see the screen-shot here in this page? Yes, these sites are being hacked by the criminals. It’s a face…why deny this? How can they insert the page indian.html in all of these sites if they don’t have access to the root? But. it is being restored now…that’s why you can’t see it. Grow up man! It has nothing to do with superior or inferior.

    The point is, no matter who have done this, it is a crime and both the Govt. should work together to prevent this from happening in future. Recommend

  • Nov 30, 2010 - 5:55PM

    They will have to repay what they had done..!!

    Give me a gun and send me to border,
    I’ll make my country proud of myself..!!

    If i get martyr’s death,
    Salute me and say :

    Laa Ilaaha Illallaho Muhammad-ul-Rasoolallah

    Lift me up, Fire some bullets, Background theme should be National Anthem..

    Send my uniform to my home and write in letter :

    Dharti Dharti Apni Maa,
    Bond Bond Apna Emaan,
    Jaan To Kia Mera Maan Nhi
    Saath Samander Saat Jahan..!!

    Pakistani Tuge Salaam..!!Recommend

  • Taha ALi
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:00PM

    dont worry .. :) its all about cyber war.

    Pakistani hackers also do so :)Recommend

  • Emmad
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:01PM
  • Kamal
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:02PM

    Pls do what BanneD is saying..we are waitg at BorderRecommend

  • Ronit
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:09PM

    lol…many ppl commenting here are denying the hacking due to ego problems, they were hacked but now have been restored or probably still under the control of our hackers.Recommend

  • Ronit
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:10PM

    @ashfaq- we are not claiming that these are hacked, your own media is saying(unless u think they are “RAW agents”)Recommend

  • Rehan
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:17PM


    Yeah, very true man. Thats the reason
    some of the world’s greatest
    cyber/software companies are from
    Pakistan, thats the reason why the
    Americans are so paranoid about their
    jobs being outsourced to your people.

    Btw, I am still wondering if I
    deviated off-topic?! Maybe cuz I dont
    know what HACK is….


  • Wamiq
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:27PM

    lol these are not hackedRecommend

  • S
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:33PM

    Actually, i can’t access any at the moment. It’s 6:29 pm here.Recommend

  • S
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:35PM

    oh how stupid, the links are not working, because of the inclusion of the word, ‘indian’ in the urls. Must be an Express blooper.Recommend

  • Ahmed Khan
    Nov 30, 2010 - 6:59PM

    Stupid news coverage…All sites seem to be working perfectly fine..Stupid Indian Hackers are like their bogus missiles.Recommend

  • Nov 30, 2010 - 7:21PM

    cyber war or a real war———-try whatever you can but the final reality lies in “peace”. Hatred will take us no where. Its time to learn living like good neighbours. If we don’t do this the next generation will have to realize the importance of “peace”. Delaying tactics? How far? Recommend

  • butter
    Nov 30, 2010 - 7:36PM

    these were actually hacked :) .. i saw one of the sites at that time.. i think that was site of bahria uni or some other uni..

    bros don deny the facts .. even though i am a pakistani but facts remains fact ;)Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Nov 30, 2010 - 7:39PM

    Electronic Government Directorate the custodian of the “PAKISTAN” portal , handle all the websites via the project Citizens online or (COL). EGD has been in dire straits recently, plus with the Lateef Khosa and Naguibullah Malik war EGD has been damaged severely. The Government lethargic culture is what is left within the department. COL team does not have qualified people, the Project Manager, Cargo Tracking (Railways) is asked to additionally manage the portal when anything goes wrong. Hence with the burden on a single person and the relaxed attitude of the Ministry of IT , its not really a surprise. On such embarrassing lapses of security, Ministry of IT should have some people fired. This is a disgrace to the Pakistani Flag.Recommend

  • True Pakistani
    Nov 30, 2010 - 7:47PM

    Bahria Univeristy Islamabad’s website was the first one. They hacked it a week ago.Recommend

  • @
    Nov 30, 2010 - 8:12PM

    well none of them seems to work!Recommend

  • Ronit
    Nov 30, 2010 - 8:39PM


    they are the stupid sites, Indians have hacked the big fish government sitesRecommend

  • noise
    Nov 30, 2010 - 8:47PM

    Hahahaha lolRecommend

  • Faisal
    Nov 30, 2010 - 8:51PM


    Terrorist group “Hizb-ul_Muzahidin” official site Hacked By Indians, now thats what u call a big catchRecommend

  • w33d
    Nov 30, 2010 - 9:24PM
  • Nov 30, 2010 - 10:12PM

    Please dont disseminate without confirming first…The NAB’s site http://www.nab.gov.pk is absolutely working fine…Nothing happened.
    So please stay Charm…

  • Nov 30, 2010 - 10:16PM

    Sorry typing mistake…..for ‘Charm’ Read ‘Calm’ aboveRecommend

  • Shamiim
    Dec 1, 2010 - 2:26AM

    “47 More Indian Sites Hacked By Pak Cyber Army”

    Is not Express Tribune going to report on this too? Or may be no, as it’s Express ‘Tribune’.Recommend

  • Shamiim
    Dec 1, 2010 - 2:30AM

    A perfect treat for Indians, the West, liberals within the nation: welcome to The Express Tribune!Recommend

  • Shamiim
    Dec 1, 2010 - 2:41AM

    I tried to see a few websites and all of them are working fine; remove /indian.html and then type the web address on the address bar on your web browser. It’s extremely regretted that such a news item lacking relevancy has been put up on a somewhat popular website.Recommend

  • hina
    Dec 1, 2010 - 3:58AM

    Ahahahahaha LOLLLLLLLLLL AWESOME:DRecommend

  • Ali
    Dec 1, 2010 - 7:04AM

    All the sites are working fine. Then how indian cyber army claims to hack the server. Hacking means to damage the server or site. They all are working fine. Shame on you Indian cyber army….Grown up please. There should be international cyber laws to punish such culpritsRecommend

  • Taimur
    Dec 1, 2010 - 7:57AM

    India has successfully taken revenge for 26/11!! Congratulations to India!!
    Now you all can sleep in peace.

  • kamal
    Dec 1, 2010 - 10:41AM

    GOD is taking revenge and its visible in daily news coming out of pakistan..If I know correctly,Kuran says even if you are killing one innocent person you are killing entire humanity…so GOD will make those people pay who directly or indirectly supported them…Recommend

  • Concerned
    Dec 1, 2010 - 11:29AM

    Most of the webpages are working fine.. please check your facts. Recommend

  • Rehan
    Dec 1, 2010 - 11:46AM


    Watch your comment mate, Pakistan itself has a lot of internal civil wars and troubles to take care of…. Events like 26/11 happen on a regular basis over there, not to mention the price Pakistan has to pay for it own nurtured and home-grown terrorists.


    Well obviously NOW most of the webpages are working fine… you dont expect them to be hacked forever…or do you….Recommend

  • SA
    Dec 1, 2010 - 12:58PM

    No problems if they’re hacked.. after all we consider them friends, dont we??Recommend

  • Franky
    Dec 1, 2010 - 1:30PM

    Shame..Shame.. ho gaye Pakistan ki lol..Recommend

  • Merchant
    Dec 1, 2010 - 1:48PM

    none of these is hacked they are working properlyRecommend

  • Ali Farooqui
    Dec 1, 2010 - 5:27PM

    For all those saying I cannot see it or these are not hacked please read the article again “Some of the websites have been made inaccessible while others are partially damaged”Recommend

  • Salman Ali
    Dec 1, 2010 - 6:43PM

    Thank You so much Aman ki Asha!!!!Where is PCA?They will teach them a lesson!!!!!Recommend

  • kk
    Dec 1, 2010 - 11:59PM

    more hacking coming soonRecommend

  • iWatch
    Dec 2, 2010 - 12:07AM

    “…and in an anonymous telephone statement the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility”Recommend

  • Aks_rulz
    Dec 2, 2010 - 1:19PM

    Look whoes commenting ppl of a country who r no match to indians in every terms may it b technology…culture..finance…
    Even d wikileaks has released the documents prooving this…this fact might be neglected by the pakistani ppl bt in d heart they know the truth…at present pakistan is passing through a very economically weak phase…the world knows it…
    It might be that the hackers might just entered a page into the official sites bt dat has prooved the ability of the indians hackers…hats of to the INDIAN CYBER ARMY….Recommend

  • Dec 2, 2010 - 2:59PM

    Well done India!Recommend

  • Ritesh
    Dec 2, 2010 - 4:35PM

    Whatever blame games both the countrymen do, we have to agree that we along with the Chinese have got the best IT techies who can crack or hack things easily and we have to be proud of that rather than writing absurd hatred comments against each other in here. Recommend

  • Aks_rulz
    Dec 2, 2010 - 5:42PM

    Tit for tat….Recommend

  • dnD
    Dec 3, 2010 - 3:11AM
  • Khan
    Dec 4, 2010 - 1:26AM

    A total of 270 Indian sites hacked in retaliation for an earlier Indian attack on 40 Pakistani Government websites.

    India’s Domestic Spy Agency, CBI lol


    Here is the complete list:


    lol.. they cant protect their domestic spy agency website. lmfaoRecommend

  • lol
    Dec 4, 2010 - 12:38PM

    not hard to hack a public facing server lol…a 10 yr old could do this with legacy gear…Recommend

  • Aniruddh
    Dec 4, 2010 - 1:08PM

    All the Sites Hacked by Pakistan cyber Army are useless sites.. Except for one Government site of CBI>… whereas Indian hackers have hacked all important sites of Pakistan government.. :p
    waise ye sub hona he nahin chaiye tha…Recommend

  • Dec 4, 2010 - 5:48PM

    Alhamdolillah Pakistaniz are back with 270 indian websites in trouble…….Just check it…
    Long Live Pakistan……Recommend

  • Dec 5, 2010 - 7:53PM

    Pakcyberarmy.net is now down by Max11 : The Hacker News ~ http://www.thehackernews.com/2010/12/pakcyberarmynet-is-now-down-by-max11.htmlRecommend

  • Hammad Ahmed
    Dec 6, 2010 - 9:23PM

    Pakistan Cyber Army gave many proofs… But Indian Cyber Army not gave any proof why.. ?? :D
    PAKISTAN ZindaBad..!!Recommend

  • Sam
    Jan 2, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Is the government stupid nowadays? Why would 36 sites be hosted on ONE server. Quite silly, and retarded. If they had 36 servers, one site would’ve probably been hacked, not 36. This is objectively their fault, and the “Indian Cyber Army” had the ‘perfect chance’. Recommend

  • Please!!
    Jan 21, 2011 - 1:40PM

    Some idiot hacked into a Pakistani website and you guys are turning it into some kinda war!! Arrest the hacker and give him a kick on the nuts from me but thats just it!! The hacker was a loony who probably couldn’t get a life, so why should we join the madness??

    finally, a man after my own art! thumbs up!! appreciate the humor! LOLZ!!Recommend

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