HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh State-Level Police Recruitment Board (APSLPRB), whose tag line is “transparency through technology”, has fallen prey to hackers. The portal is managed in Hyderabad.
Three days ahead of accepting online applications (August 3) for filling Stipendiary Cadet Trainee (SCT) constable posts in various wings of AP police department through the newly launched website, http://recruitment.appolice.gov.in, some persons hacked the official portal of this police recruitment board.
The portal was hacked on Sunday. The hackers posted a message, claiming that they had hacked the portal, stating, “DEAR ADMIN YOUR WEBSITE WAS HACKED BY Susuke OF INSANITY SECURITY HACKERS INTERNATIONAL. Plz...”
Soon, the chairman of the board Atul Singh noticed the message posted by hackers and alerted the Police Computer Service (PCS) team to look into the issue.
“I have noticed on home page that the hackers posted a message that the portal was hacked. I immediately directed the PCS team to verify the security of the portal and to take precautionary measures in preventing any data from being stolen by hackers. Hence, no data was stolen from the portal,” Atul Singh told Express.
According to police, the Insanity Security Hackers International (ISHI) is an ethical hackers group.
While teaching ethical hacking tricks to its students, the group members’ might have resorted to this illegal act.
In fact, on July 27, the police recruitment board released a notification for filling SCT constable posts, vacant in the police department. In the notification, the board had invited applications through online mode only in the prescribed format. The application pro forma was supposed to be available on the hacked portal from August 3.