OUAT Official Website Hacked

BHUBANESWAR: Hackers on Friday brought down the official website of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) and defaced it.

The anonymous hacker, identifying himself as Don, posted objectionable contents on the home page of www.ouat.ac.in. This is the second such hacking of a Government agency’s website in the last fortnight.

Immediately after the hacking was reported, university authorities deactivated the server. Vice-Chancellor Prof Manoranjan Kar, who is currently travelling, said the website was fully functional till 6.30 pm and the hackers appeared to have targeted it during the evening.

“We will report the matter to the Crime Branch of the State Police on Saturday for investigation since it has a Cyber Crime wing,” Prof Kar said.

On January 3, an unofficial website of Ganjam Regional Transport Officer was hacked by cyber terrorists. The internet protocol of the hacker was later traced to United States.

Since a number of websites of the Government agencies has weak cyber security structures and even lesser audit systems, hackers find it easy to target the web portals unlike websites hosted and maintained by the National Informatics Centre or reputed software firms which are hard to break into.