Hacking of private and government documents has become common in almost every country. Sometimes social media accounts of prominent personalities like the Prime Minister are also hacked. When the common man becomes a victim of hacking, cyber security companies suggest people to stay safe in the digital world. Yet the matter becomes serious when there are cyber attacks on government websites and social media accounts.
In a new report, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur revealed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday that over 600 social media accounts of the central government have been hacked in the last five years.
In a written reply to a question regarding the government’s Twitter handle and email accounts, the minister said 641 such statements have been hacked since 2017. Thakur said this information was provided by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Responding to a query on hacking of official Twitter handles and email accounts, the minister said 641 such accounts have been compromised since 2017.
Additionally, 175 accounts were hacked in 2017, 114 in 2018, 61 in 2019, 77 in 2020, 186 in 2021 and 28 this year.
When asked about the steps being taken by the government to prevent such hacking in future, the minister said that CERT-in was set up to enhance cyber security. It issues alerts and advisories on the latest cyber threats and regularly takes measures to avoid them to ensure the safe use of digital technologies.
He said that CSIRTs are issued from time to time to the users to keep their desktop, mobile/smartphone secure and to prevent phishing attacks.
Over 600 government social media accounts hacked in the last 5 years: Union Minister Anurag Thakur was the first to visit BGR India.