|Screenshot of Supreme Court website Thursday morning|
At around noon on Thursday, it was found that the website of the Supreme Court of India was hacked, reportedly occurring soon after or while the court announced its dismissal of the plea for an independent probe into the death of Judge Loya.
The incident was discovered when screenshots were shared by users on Twitter, showing an image resembling a cannabis leaf, along with text reading “Hackeado por HighTech Brazil HackTeam” and “te amo linda pequena …melhor amiga que já tive,” which roughly translate respectively to “Hacked by HighTech Brazil HackTeam” and “I love you, beautiful little girl …best friend I’ve ever had.”
— Sruthisagar Yamunan (@sruthisagar) April 19, 2018
No one has yet come out to claim responsibility of the attack but based on the text, it is believed that Brazilian hackers, specifically the hacker group HighTech Brazil HackTeam, are involved in the hacking of the website.
While the messages had been removed once the hack got reported, the website remained inaccessible for quite a while.
The SC officials reportedly admitted that the website had been “non-functional” since 11:35 in the morning, but did not comment on whether the website was hacked or not, saying that they were “not authorised” to speak on the issue.
This attack comes after, earlier this month, several government websites were believed to be hacked, but were later reported to be the results of a glitch according to the government. The websites that were affected include Ministry of Defence, Election Commission, Department of Public Enterprises, etc.