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As on-again off-again encounters take place between India and Pakistan on the border in Jammu and Kashmir, the attacks are not only reserved for on-ground attacks but also take place in the cyber sphere.
In a large-scale cyber attack, Indian hackers took down more than 500 Pakistani websites, including several government websites, on August 14, the Independence Day of Pakistan. Upon accessing the websites, the hackers posted pro-Indian content on them but did not damage the sites in any way.
On the hacked websites, the posted message read 'Hacked By LulzSec India' and wished a Happy Independence Day - 15 August. The message also said 'We Salute Indian army' and had a quote from the Bhagavad Gita.
The Pakistani sites hacked include, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Information Technology and others.
The websites were soon replaced with the message “Website Under Maintenance. We will be back shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience” but have now returned to normal functioning.
The Pakistani government has not yet given any statement on the incident.
According to reports, incidences of hacking websites across borders is a common issue. Indian hackers have reportedly defaced Pakistani websites in the past and Pakistani hackers have also defaced Indian websites in the past.