On the fourth of June, an article I wrote was published on DailyO. It was titled, India-Pakistan hackers are at war: Lata Mangeshkar is in the middle of it. The article informed about the recent attack on a Pakistani government’s website. The hacked website can be found here (http:// domicile.punjab.gov.pk/indcoder.html). The article was rather edgy, as I’ve been told. Here’s an extract:
Within 24 hours of publishing, I received a link in my inbox. It was a Pakistani hacker. The link directed me to a subdomain, hosted on the India Today server. The message began with the words, “Pakistan Zindabad” and the rest was as follows:
The website can be found here (http://media2.intoday.in/dailyo/resources/). Nor did I bother informing the editor at DailyO, assuming the rather interesting gentleman, Mr. Singh had better things to worry about, nor did I shoot any emails to India Today. The hack did not come to me as a surprise. I did expect some form of retaliation to take place, I was not expecting it to be in the form of an attack and that too on the India Today website. Moreover, I was disturbed that it happened so quickly; my article had gone up just yesterday. The fact that it had flown across the border and within a few hours an attack had taken place to counter it was, well, fascinating.
The hacker who was behind this attack was Kashif Hax0r – a hacker whose name I clearly remember; he’d sent me an email just the day before, asking me to take his interview.
I politely deflected his request and insisted that I was not interested in covering any of his hacks.
Little did I know that in the next 24 hours, he’d hack into the India Today server because of an article that I wrote.
His motive behind the hack was clear: Pakistani hacker groups detested my perspective. They didn’t want to hear about news on lousy Pakistani government servers being hacked and they’d taken it upon themselves to make sure that such news articles were not published by trying to intimidate India Today. But by hacking the India Today server, they’d yet again displayed their vile and despicable Indophobia and exhibited the prejudice with which they observed and contemplated their neighbours.
What sadden me is that although the majority of the young adult hackers are untalented, distressed and deluded individuals who seem rather illiterate in the sense that they are unable to type properly and use the basic functionality of a keyboard, a small minority of them appear to be skilled. They could, – if given the right resources and mentoring – be able to achieve great things, but alas, the media has corrupted and infected their minds, making them believe that India is the enemy they should be fighting against; the enemy they should dedicate their youth to defeat. The fever of black hat hacking too has them consumed in its momentary pleasure, combine that with the anti-Indian sentiment which conquers their minds and convinces them that the enemy is not within, but next door and you have a teenager who’d go to any lengths to achieve hacking an Indian website in the hope that they would one day make it to the news and be the subject of infinite fame. Such patriotism is lethal for the citizens of any nation, not only Pakistan in particular.
These so called hackers are nothing but children, looking for something to fight for. They need a cause that they believe in and a war that they can win. The former they’ve found in India, the latter they are still unable to acquire.
Almost every Pakistani hacker I’ve observed or had a conversation with looks for easy targets, they hack only the websites that they can break into easily. Their capabilities are very limited.
They hacked into the India Today server to stop my articles from being published, I publicly challenge Pakistani hackers to hack into SambhavRatnakar.com, a challenge I am certain will be dismissed for it is a challenge they are incapable of achieving.