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News channel website hacked, restored later

LAHORE: Unidentified hackers hacked the website of a private news channel on Monday and pasted a vulgar message on it against President General Pervez Musharraf.

The hackers left their message on each link of the website that remained hacked for around half an hour. The news channel immediately told its viewers that some unknown people had hacked their website.

Though web content, including pictures, appeared as usual, the hackers displayed a single-line text on every news link.

The webmasters immediately removed the vulgar message but it took around six hours to completely restore it. A message — our website was hacked and it was suspended temporarily. We apologise for the inconvenience — was immediately displayed.

Federal Information Technology Minister Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari said it was the responsibility of website host severs’ administrators to keep an eye on such activities. He said the government was aware of such crimes and was making legislation to curb them. “An E-crime bill will soon be tabled in the National Assembly. The bill will help punish hackers,” the minister said.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Deputy Director PR Khurram Mehran was not available for comment. “It was a mind blowing message and I could not believe my eyes,” said Abid Mehmood, a business executive who visited the site.

According to a traffic-ranking website, the website has around 68 percent visitors in Pakistan, six in the US, four in the UAE, 3.5 in the UK and 3 in Saudi Arabia. Around 3,500 people visit the website daily. The number that has increased three times in the last three months due to the ongoing judicial crisis in Pakistan.
Source: Daily Times
Date:5/15/2007