Kochi Metro: KMRL plan to move its official website out of the currently hosted server for security reasons

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Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail authorities are planning to move its domain website www.kochimetro.org out of the hosted Servers hosted in a Data Centre based out at Hyderabad.

The official website of Kochi Metro Rail Limited was hacked on 29th April, 2015 by some unknown group but it was later set right. The hackers posted “Pakistan Zindabad” message on the website, that deals with all functions of the Kochi Metro Rail Project. Although the messages were blocked immediately and a complaint was lodged with the Cyber cell, KMRL is planning to host it in some Data Centres with highest physical and online security parameters. It was immediately not known as to who could have been behind the hacking.

KMRL’s website had been developed and hosted by C-DIT, an autonomous institution set up by the state government along with many other government of Kerala companies, department and agencies. After the incident, KMRL has asked C-DIT to ensure the site be hosted on a reliable dedicated server. it said.

The cyber attack was effectively countered by 2 p.m. by the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT) with most of the sites being restored. Some of the departments that had their websites hacked did not realise what happened and by the time they heard of the attack, the websites were restored.

G. Ganapathy, Head, Web Services of C-DIT, said the first report came from Kochi Metro authorities.

They informed that the website was hacked and the homepage displayed an image of a faceless man, wearing a striped hooded jacket and with a message that read ‘Just Support My Bro. Hacked by S@NT3T3. Pakistan Zindabad.’ with an accompanying email id that read ivorian.haxor@ hotmail.com.

Hyderabad-based server

Mr.Ganapathy said the hacker had just denied access to the sites, which were hosted on a Hyderabad-based server. A message was sent to Hyderabad, following which the server was shut down, and usernames and passwords for administrators of websites changed. Some of the websites that were hacked, Mr.Ganapathy said, included those of Kerala Ceramics, State Stationery Department, State Literacy Mission, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology, and Environment, State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society., (Hantex), and State Hill Area Development Agency (HADA). Probes at various levels, including by the police, had been launched.

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