Major Big Cyberattacks Target Pakistani Government Websites in 2022

Major Big Cyberattacks Target Pakistani Government Websites in 2022

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication announced a significant cyberattack on government websites in Pakistan on Tuesday.  However, no cases of data theft have been documented.

According to the ministry spokesperson, citing Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Amin Ul Haque, the cyber attack attempt on the IT Ministry’s NTC system was prevented.

The websites of several departments are hosted on NTC servers, according to Haque, who added that the cyberattack occurred on Tuesday morning around 11:30 a.m.

According to the minister, the attempt failed due to a comprehensive cyber security system, and as a result of the cyberattack, the websites of various departments were immediately suspended.   According to the minister, all of the websites were back up and running within three hours. According to Haque, the cyberattack happened on the network side rather than the data center.

According to a threat intelligence analysis, the main targets were the National Technology Council (NTC), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Cybernet, and Multinet.  The Ministry of Information and Telecommunications has called a meeting for tomorrow (Wednesday) and requested information from all departments.

If we see in the past many major cyber attacks occurred on the Pakistan Politician. The Pakistani government has been hit by a series of cyberattacks. On July 12, 2018, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) website was hacked and the data of all its pages were stolen. The hackers stole the names, emails, phone numbers, and other personal information of several people. Soon after that, the PTI website was hacked again. In both cases, the hackers were able to get access to all kinds of information including passwords and credit card details.

The terrorist attacks on the Pakistani government websites in December 2016 and February 2017 were one of the major Cyberattacks on Pakistani government websites. The attack was performed by a group of hackers known as the “Pakistani Cyber Army” and their goal was to disrupt services on the Pakistan Government website.

We should not think of these cyber attacks as an attack on the Pakistani Government, but instead, think of them as an attack against all governments around the world. It is important to note that the Pakistan Government website did not suffer any damage after this attack. Cyberattacks on Pakistani government websites have been a major concern for the people of the country. These attacks were carried out by different groups and they mainly targeted government websites, which had information on sensitive topics like national security and human rights. 

Major Big Cyberattacks Target Pakistani Government Websites in 2022
Cyberattacks Target Pakistani Government Websites

Cyberattacks are a major issue in Pakistan. The threat is not new, but the sophistication of cyber attacks is increasing with the evolution of the internet and people’s reliance on technology. Later, there has been a massive increase in the complexity of attacks, and working with digital agencies is becoming ever more challenging.

Threats of Cyberattacks

Cyberattacks are one of the most feared threats to the economy. Governments, businesses, and everyday people all have to be careful as even one cyber attack can bring huge losses on their respective websites.

These attacks had a serious impact on people’s lives and they could not get access to important information. The attack was so severe that it forced the government to take drastic measures and shut down all their websites for 24 hours.

It is believed that the attacker used multiple methods of hacking, including exploiting vulnerabilities in software developed by some of Pakistan’s top technology companies (Microsoft, Google, Adobe). 

The attackers managed to steal data from various agencies such as the Ministry of Defense (MoD), Ministry of Interior (MoI), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and National Database Authority.

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