The Bharatiya Janata Party had to deal with a bit of a rude shock, as documented by many on social media.
The party’s national website was defaced by hackers, leaving behind an unceremonious message about PM Narendra Modi and his followers and supporters.
The site has since been taken offline as it’s being fixed, but not before plenty of Twitter had the time to share screenshots. Aside from a Modi meme and (strangely) a video of the Muppets singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen, was a simple message.
Bhaiyas and bhehenos (sic), we made you all chu***as. More to come.
Of course, opposition parties have jumped at the chance to troll the BJP online, while the party’s supporters are clearly outraged. However, BJP has yet to release an official statement regarding the hack.
Indeed, no group has yet come forward to take responsibility for the incident. Realistically though, at this point, it’s likely either a Pakistani hacker collective, or a disgruntled Indian one. Either way, they’re most probably civilians, and the act was in response to the recent Pulwama attack and the tensions that followed it.
— Naveen Surendar (@NaveenSurendar) March 5, 2019
In the past few days, minor websites of both Pakistani and Indian ownership have been defaced, hacked, encrypted, or any combination thereof.
This particular incident is just the latest spark in a digital war that’s always going on behind the scenes, no matter the state of real life relations between both the two neighbouring countries. However, this latest attack may have crossed a threshold of sorts.
Bhaiya aur Bhehno if you’re not looking at the BJP website right now- you’re missing out
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) March 5, 2019
Given that it’s the ruling party’s national website, it’s possible the IT cell may be under added pressure to find the culprits. We’ll update this story if we learn more about this situation.