ISLAMABAD- Though India’s cyber terrorism is nothing new for the world and especially for the people of Pakistan and China, yet, The Daily Mail became the latest victim and perhaps the first one from amongst the Pakistani media.
On Sunday night, some Indian hackers, identifying themselves as Indian hackers Pirates or Shorty 420 after hacking the site at a time when the offices of The Daily Mail had already shut down and IT staff was also off on account of it being a Sunday. The genius hackers however ran some extra-miles to appease their bosses who tasked them to hack The Daily Mail’s website, placed slogan of Jai Hind that is official slogan of India and used by Armed Forces or officials and not by general public. By doing so, the hackers proved that the job was done “Officially” by the Indians.
Since The Daily Mail was giving extensive reports about India’s hand in terror in Pakistan and patronizing Afghanistan-based top terrorists like Mulla Fazalulla while its investigative report about India’s running of nuclear proliferation and missile tech smuggling rackets via the DRDO were also inviting global attention, especially, from the media community, the hacking episode also grabbed the global attention. Many e-mails and phone calls from different parts of the world were received by the Editor-in-Chief and other staff members about the recovery of the hacked site and the Indian act was highly condemned. Though the IT staff of The Daily Mail retrieved the hacked website within minutes of its hacking, yet it took some time to re-port the data that was recover from The Daily Mail’s data reserve sources in a Western country. However the website was fully recovered, restored and made operational within matter of hours, with added protection on it.
Meanwhile media bodies of the country, including the National Press Club (NPC), Federal Union of Journalists (FUJ), Rawalpindi, Islamabad (RIUJ) Union of Journalists, Karachi Press Club (KPC), Lahore Press Club (LPC) and Electronic Media Journalists Association very strongly condemned this act of cyber terrorism by the Indians against a Pakistani media organization. Mr. Tarique Chaudhary of the National Press Club of Pakistan, Islamabad, in a statement strongly condemned this act of Indians and urged them to have the courage to face the truth. He said that if they were disturbed by any report of The Daily Mail, they should have come up with counter facts instead of silencing it through hacking.
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