MHA website goes offline amid reports of hacking

New Delhi: The official website of Ministry of Home Affairs went offline on Sunday amid reports that it had been hacked.

Official sources said National Informatics Centre (NIC), which looks after all government websites, took it offline in the wee hours on Sunday after some "abnormal technical activities" were observed.

Official sources said NIC would host the website soon after a recheck of all security features.

Last month, suspected Pakistan-linked operatives had hacked the official website of the elite National Security Guard (NSG) and defaced it with a profanity-laden message against the Prime Minister and anti-India content. Similar cyber attacks also targeted websites of ordnance factories as well as railways.

More than 700 websites of various central and state government departments have been hacked in the past four years and a total of 8,348 persons were arrested for their involvement in cyber crimes, according to official data released this month.(PTI)