“Kashmiris have been fighting for their freedom for more than six decades now,”
Menafn Sept 13: The HACKERS targeted the website of a company that handles consular services for the Indian Embassy yesterday, as tensions flared in Kashmir.
According to Gulf Daily, group calling itself the ZCompany Hacking Crew (ZHC) replaced the homepage of Octic International Bahrain with a message criticising India’s policy in Kashmir — a territory claimed by both India and Pakistan.
The incident coincided with the imposition of a curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir, where there have been violent protests over the deadly shooting of a civilian by paramilitary forces on Wednesday.
The Indian Embassy and Octic International Bahrain were initially unaware that the website had been targeted by hackers yesterday morning.
Only the homepage was affected, which meant people accessing other sections of the site directly would not even know.
“It is strange because there have been visa applications that have been registered and processed with no complications and we have had no complaints about it,” an Octic International Bahrain official told the GDN.
“I will contact the IT team and get them to check the site and make corrections.”
He added the website was functioning and people could still submit online visa applications securely, although the site was still hacked yesterday evening.
Octic International Bahrain provides passport and visa services on behalf of the Indian Embassy.
An embassy official said it would contact those responsible for administering the website and ask them to fix the problem.
“This website is not an Indian Embassy or even a government website,” he said.
“Octic is actually an outsourced company that processes Indian visa applications.
“I was unaware of it (the hacking), but I will contact the right people and get them to fix the issue.”
The hackers posted a quote from Abraham Lincoln and a message criticising India’s involvement in Kashmir on the website www.octicinternational.com.
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by a militarised Line Of Control, with both countries claiming the disputed territory in full.
The countries have fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir, since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947.
“Kashmiris have been fighting for their freedom for more than six decades now,” said the message left by hackers.
“Indian oppression has seen Kashmiris taking to gun, they wanted to wake up the sleeping conscience of the world, than they saw the generation which used stones as a symbol of resistance and yet Indian govt didn’t care, if the oppression of Kashmiris does NOT stop,” the message said.