GOV.IN Under Hacking Threat

05tomcat2.jpg New Delhi, May 4: The cabinet secretariat’s website was showing the homepage of a private software company this afternoon, raising fears that the site had been hacked into. The cabinet secretariat is the nerve centre of the country’s administration and also looks after security with spy agency RAW reporting to it.
When The Telegraph logged into around 3.30pm, it showed the software company’s default homepage with the cartoon of a tomcat on top left.
A well-designed header in red and black said “The Apache Jakarta Project”. When you clicked near the cat, this message appeared: “The mighty tomcat – MEOW!”

Further examination revealed that the company had named its server after the cabinet secretariat’s website. An attempt to enter the “Tomcat manager’s area” was countered with the message: “The server at Tomcat Manager Application requires a username and password.”

The anomaly was corrected only around 7pm after this newspaper called up top officials of the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the government’s nodal agency for computerisation and networking. Till then, government officials seemed in the dark.

The use of the domain is restricted to the constituents of the Indian government at various levels — central, state, Union territory, district and sub-district. The NIC is the exclusive registrar for domain names. The national portal is “”.

The following zones are reserved for use by qualified organisations in India: (academic institutions), (research institutes), (colleges and universities), (government) and (military).

A private company’s use of “” therefore suggests chinks in the NIC’s armour.

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