Cyber 'soldiers' to unleash ransomware on Pak sites
This Independence day it will be a full-fledged war between India and Pakistan but on the cyber world between the hackers of the two countries. Indian techies claim that they would not restrict to defacing Pakistani websites but will hijack their network and infect with ransomware. Active Indian hackers who have been attacking Pak network told Mail Today that they will be attempting to crash over a thousand Pak sites, including their government and critical infrastructure portals.
A result of which on August 3, an anonymous India hacker defaced Pakistan government website www.pakistan.gov.pk. to celebrate I-Day. Desi hacker Ne0-h4ck3r posted Indian national anthem and Independence Day greetings.
Now, other underground groups claim they will take down as many sites possible. Cyber crime experts claims that India-Pakistan hacking is almost ritualistic attacks, every year as underground hacking communities from both the countries launch cyber attacks on each other around this time of the year. But this year, attack is expected to get more aggressive.
"We have already found vulnerabilities in several Pakistani portals, including government, educational and other important bodies. We will show them power of Indians on Independence day," said a hacker to Mail Today over an encrypted chat.
He added that they will try to infect Pakistani network with ransomware and demand bitcoins to give back access of their network. Earlier this year also, Indian hackers injected ransomware in over three Pakistan airport websites. "We have been closely monitoring attacks coming from Pakistan. They have been engulfed in spreading hate and abusing India and government. We have control of many Pakistani websites and we will give appropriate reply to their attack on the cyber world. Bitcoins earned by Paksitani websites will be spent for charity or for the study of poor students in India," another hacker said.
India's digital warriors had crippled hundreds of Pakistan government websites earlier when Indian army conducted surgical strike and death penalty of Kulbhushan Jadhav was announced. Observers say Pakistani hackers will also try to respond as they have in the past carried out mass defacement and are focused on targeting government portals.