Hacked Indian investigation agency web site yet to return

The Central Bureau of Investigation says it is doing a thorough security audit

Close to four days after the site of India's key investigation agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), was hacked and defaced, the web site is still inaccessible to users.

The CBI is doing a thorough security audit, and plugging all holes to prevent another hack, Vinita Thakur, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. She didn't say when that would be complete, and the site restored.

The web site of the CBI was hacked and defaced on Friday night. The hackers calling themselves the "Pakistani Cyber Army" left a message saying that the attack was in revenge for similar Indian attacks on Pakistani sites.

The CBI's IT systems were not compromised by the hack, as the web site and the CBI’s computer systems are separate, Thakur said.

The information that the hackers had access to was public information, she added.

The border dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir has often spilled online, with both sides attempting to hack each other's web sites.

The web site of Pakistan's Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority was hacked on Saturday by a group called "Indian Cyber Army" in retaliation for the CBI web site hack, according to media reports from Pakistan.

The web site which displayed the message "This Account has been suspended" late Saturday, has since been restored.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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