The website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) was hacked on Monday. The website showed an image of a cartoon character from the Japanese series, Doraemon with a heart and a caption ‘Doraemon!!!! Pick up the call’.
“I.M. STEWPEED” was written at the bottom of the page, while the title track of the cartoon, Doraemon, was playing in the background. The website was restored in the morning. The hack happened on the day when the recruitment application for the online services web portal of the Union Public Service Commission were supposed to begin.
Also, UPSC has issued a statement saying that the content of their website is owned and managed by UPSC and not by National Informatics Centre (NIC) which manages content for other government websites.
Several Twitter users posted screenshots of the hacked website.
— subhamoy mandal (@iSubhamoy) September 10, 2018
Official website of UPSC has been hacked.
— Anuj Verma (@m_AnujOfficial) September 10, 2018
— Vardhaman Bothara (@vardhaman_rb) September 10, 2018
The website of UPSC has been hacked!! pic.twitter.com/OFpHy9k56t
— Ruchika Chaubey (@chaubeyruchii) September 10, 2018
— Yashpratap kantharia (@Yashpratap96) September 10, 2018
Security of a top govt website site.
UPSC website got hacked. @rssharma3 aadhar website also have same type of security ? Aadhar website also can be hacked ? If not then why UPSC website is not using same security patches ? pic.twitter.com/gelOocWbKw
— Rahul Dhiman (@enggdhiman) September 11, 2018
This is not the first time when any website has got hacked. In May, the website of Jamia Milia Islamia University was hacked thrice within 24 hours. In April, the Supreme Court website was reportedly hacked for several hours. While in April itself, the website of the Ministry of Defence was inaccessible for several hours and later a tweet by the defence minister hinted at a possible hacking.