Government websites attacked 200 times during CWG 2010, says DRDO

There was a rise in cyber attacks during the Commonwealth Games, which took an even uglier turn, due to some nefarious political acts. Researchers at the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) have revealed that computer servers of government departments were attacked about 200 times during the Commonwealth Games in 2010, held in New Delhi, as per report by ThinkDigit. DRDO is an organization working towards researching newer technologies for defence and combat. 

Hack to protest (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Cyber attacks on rise (Image Credit: Getty Images)


Reportedly, DRDO chief and scientific adviser to defence minister, Dr V.K. Saraswat disclosed that there were several hacking instances, which had originated from other countries. He further revealed that a very skilled and efficient team helped DRDO combat these online attacks. However, he doesn’t stop before disclosing that although they did manage to stop attacks, DRDO lacks tools required to do so, effectively. So, DRDO is planning to form a powerful encryption group, which will create encryption techniques to fight back such attackers. The DRDO plans at crafting some superior servers and routers, along with operating systems to help fight back such attacks. 

There has been a rise in the number of hacks, owing to the increase in digital content in recent times. There were several hacks that happened last year, while just last month the Andhra Pradesh government websites were hacked. Hackers attempted to break into the various websites of the Andhra Pradesh government, even though a security audit was being conducted at the State Data Centre. Fortunately, the hackers weren’t successful, who reportedly belong to Jakarta (Indonesia), Algeria and Turkey. In January this year, several Irish government's finance and justice department websites were hacked in a protest against a new web law. Late December last year, yet another such web attack on the Congress website


A rise in such attacks on government websites calls for better technologies and security, so that such nefarious acts are curbed.


Published Date: Mar 12, 2012 01:45 pm | Updated Date: Mar 12, 2012 01:45 pm