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IT Ministry reports over 8,000 website hacking incidents in three months of 2016

NewDelhi(PTI):As many as 8,056 incidents of website hacking were reported in the first three months of 2016, Parliament was informed today.

In written reply to a Lok Sabha question, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the total number of “cyber security incidents including phishing, scanning, malicious code, website intrusion, denial of service etc” stood at 41,319 in 2013, 44,679 in 2014, 49,455 in 2015, and 14,363 in 2016 (until March). Citing information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the Minister further said these cyber security incidents included 28,481 website hacking incidents in 2013, 32,323 in 2014, 27,205 in 2015, and 8,056 in 2016. In addition, 54,677 spam incidents were reported to CERT-In during 2013, 85,659 in 2014, 61,628 in 2015, and 13,851 in 2016, Prasad added.
According to Prasad, over a period, the nature and pattern of incidents have become more sophisticated and complex. “The National Cyber Security Policy is released for public use and implementation by relevant stakeholders. The objective of the policy is to create a framework for comprehensive, collaborative and collective response to deal with the issue of cyber security at all levels within the country,” he said.
In addition, the government has formulated cyber crisis management plan for countering cyber attacks and cyber terrorism for implementation by all ministries/departments of central government, state governments and their organisations and critical sectors, he added.

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