More than 600 government social media accounts hacked since 2017: Anurag Thakur

More than 600 central government social media accounts have been hacked in the past five years, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur told Lok Sabha on Tuesday. In response to a query about the hacking of the government’s Twitter handles and email accounts, the minister said since 2017, 641 such accounts have been hacked.

A total of 175 accounts were hacked in 2017, 114 in 2018, 61 in 2019, 77 in 2020, 186 in 2021 and 28 so far this year, he said in a written response.

Thakur said the information was made available by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

In response to the query about steps taken by the government to prevent such intruders in the future, the minister said to improve cyber security, CERT-In was drafted. It issues warnings and advice on a regular basis on the latest cyber threats and countermeasures to ensure safe use of digital technologies.

“CERT-In has issued 68 advice to organizations and users for data security and mitigation of fraudulent activities.

“When observing compromise of websites / email / Twitter accounts, CERT-In notifies the affected entities along with corrective actions to be taken. CERT-In coordinates incident response measures with affected entities, service providers, sectoral Computer Security Incident Response Teams ) as well as law enforcement agencies, ”the minister said.

CERT-In operates an automated cyber threat exchange platform for the proactive collection, analysis and sharing of custom alerts with organizations across sectors for proactive threat mitigation actions by them.

He said security tips have been published for users to secure their computer, cell phones / smartphones and prevent phishing attacks.

“CERT-In has set up the National Cyber ​​Coordination Center (NCCC) to generate the necessary situational awareness of existing and potential cyber security threats. Phase I of NCCC is operational,” the minister said.

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