Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, informed the Parliament of India, that a total of 112 Government websites were hacked during the period of December 2011 to February 2012. The hacked websites include websites of Government of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, and Manipur along with the websites of Ministry of Finance, Health, Planning Commission and Human Resource Development. In addition to this announcement, Sachin Pilot also confirmed that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was hacked by the Pakistani hacker group called 'H4tr!ck' on December 4, 2011 although he didn't reveal the extent of damage caused. Internet frauds: Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Pilot informed that according to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the number of Internet fraud cases involving an amount of Rs 1 lakh and above in 2011 was 125, a significant dip from 269 cases recorded in 2009. However, the number of cases wherein the amount involved was less than Rs 1 lakh were at 1798 accounting to Rs 7.87 crore. In comparison, the year 2010 witnessed 2232 Internet fraud cases accounting to Rs 12.35 crore while 2009 saw 864 Internet fraud cases accounting to Rs 8.24 crore. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered three cases pertaining to financial frauds under the Information Technology Act in 2011 and as of Feb 29, 2012, the agency had already booked two cases for 2012. It had booked two similar cases in 2010 and two cases in 2009. Steps for…
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