Govt of Pakistan Websites Hit by Major Cyber Attack
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication acknowledged on Tuesday that a massive cyberattack had been reported on Pakistani government websites. No data theft, however, has been recorded.
According to the ministry spokesperson, the cyber attack effort targeted NTC servers, citing Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Amin Ul Haque.
On NTC servers, Haque added, there are webpages for numerous departments, and the cyberattack happened at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
The attack was stopped thanks to a comprehensive cyber security system, according to the minister, who also stated that some departments’ websites were automatically suspended as a result of the cyberattack. Within three hours, all of the websites were back to normal, according to the minister.
According to Haque, the cyberattack was focused at the network side rather than the data centre.National Technology Council (NTC), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), and Multinet were the main targets, according to a threat intelligence analysis. The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications has summoned a meeting for tomorrow (Wednesday) and has requested information from all departments.