After September 29 Surgical Strikes conducted by India in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), tensions between two countries escalated manifold. Amidst this, “revenge for strikes” started by hacking into Indian Companies, and now in Indian Army.
Pakistan is now using computers and virus-laden emails to avenge the attacks, reports said. Pakistan army is sending spoofed emails to Indian army personnel with the subject line ‘Actual story story of surgical strike done by Indian Army in PoK’. A hacked email address of a key office in the directorate of military intelligence is being used to send and give credibility of the phishing mail, it added.
In the wake of such cyber-attacks reported by various army personnel in the past 10 days, Army Headquarters has issued an alert to be cautious.
“The content of the email tempts users to trust the legitimacy of the message by indicating that the attached document is an official statement from Indian Army on surgical strike in PoK and subsequent response after Uri attack,” Army Headquarters statement said.
The Army Cyber Group traced the spoofed email, and established that malicious file’s IP address was linked to a server in Germany, which appears to be fake. “This malware is designed to steal user data and credentials. It also allows the hackers to take remote control of the targeted machine (computer),” an Army Cyber Group alert confirmed to New Indian Express.
Recently around 50 IT companies came under a wave of cyber-attack in Hyderabad. Ransom as high as 1lakh bitcoins (Rs 420 crore) had been asked to provide the decryption key from one company, media reported.
On October 3, the National Green Tribunal(NGT) reported hacking of its website where abuses were posted claiming this as a revenge for surgical strikes, while next day Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean studies (KUFOS) found “Pakistan Zindabad” on its website which was hacked.