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50 government websites will be hacked in 2022-23, the Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology told Rajya Sabha in a written reply Friday. The Federal Minister informed the House of Lords of the details of incidents of hacking of Central Ministries/Departments and State Government websites 2020, calculated on an annualized basis.

Responding to a question from CPI MP Binoy Viswam, the Minister said that based information reported and tracked by the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), there are 59, 42 and 50 websites/departments and state governments in central government ministries respectively. Hacked in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

“CERT-In further informed that it detected and blocked 2,83,581, 4,32,057, 3,24,620 malicious scams in 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively,” he told Rajya Sabha

Union Minister Vaishnaw further stated that based information reported and tracked by CERT-In, six, seven and eight data breaches related to government organizations were observed during 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively.

“From time to time there are attempts to launch cyber-attacks Indian cyberspace from both domestic and foreign sources. It has been observed that such attacks compromise computer systems located in different parts of the world and use cloaking and hidden servers to hide the identity of the actual system that launched the attack,” he added explain

In his written reply, the Union IT Minister further informed Rajya Sabha that CERT-In coordinates incident response measures with affected organisations, service providers, respective industry regulators as well as law enforcement agencies. CERT-In notifies affected organizations about cyber incidents and the remedial actions to be taken. It also continuously publishes alerts and recommendations the latest cyber threats/vulnerabilities and countermeasures to protect computers and networks.

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