The “cyberwar” between India and Pakistan has claimed another victim, with the hacking of a high-profile lawmaker’s website that experts say highlights the woeful lack of Internet security in South Asia.
A group calling itself the Pakistan Cyber Army said it hacked into the website of independent Indian MP Vijay Mallya, a flamboyant liquor baron, who is also head of Kingfisher Airlines and the Force One Formula One racing team.
“This is payback from Pak Cyber Army in return to the defacements of Pakistan sites!” the message on www.mallyainparliament.com said, according to Indian media. “You are playing with fire! This is not a game kids.
“We are warning you one last time. Don’t think that you are secure in this Cyber Space. We will turn your Cyber Space into Hell,” the message added, warning of “revenge” if Indians hack any Pakistani websites in retaliation.
Mallya, who also owns Indian Premier League cricket outfit the Royal Challengers Bangalore, has vowed to take up the matter with the government in New Delhi and police.
Security analyst Ajai Sahni dismissed the hacking, which coincided with Independence Day celebrations on both sides of the border at the weekend.
“They hack through any number of sites every year. It’s just a bunch of kids who have got nothing better to do,” said Sahni, the executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi.
“The more serious threat is not this kind of childish prank but Pakistan’s use of net-based communication for actual terrorist operations,” he told AFP.
The Pakistan Cyber Army claims to have hacked a number of Indian websites in recent years, including India’s state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, in retaliation for Indian hackers accessing Pakistan sites. It is the latest in a tit-for-tat campaign by groups on both sides dating back to the late 1990s when tensions over Kashmir brought the two neighbours to the brink of war.

Source: Nation