The Bangla version of the Bangladesh Election Commission was hacked around Friday night. However, the website was restored on Saturday morning without any problems.
Election Commission acting Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed has confirmed the matter to the media.
“The EC website was hacked, and we are considering this as a mischievous act. The website has been restored,” he added.
Meanwhile, Posts, Telecommunication and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar said: “The EC website has been hosted on their [Election Commission] server, so they are the ones in charge of looking after it.
“Three days ago, the ICT department warned the EC that their site is vulnerable to hacking. However, they took no action against the warning, and the security breach allowed the hacker to deface the site.”
Addressing the incident, Director (Public Relation) of EC Secretariat SM Asaduzzaman said: “The site faced some problems, but it has been resolved.”
Chairman of the Bangladesh Network Operators Group Trustee Board and also an ICT security expert, Sumon Ahmed told the correspondent: “Most of the government websites have poor security measures and lack proper maintenance. So these sites become easy targets for hackers.”
He added: “This has become a regular phenomenon in the country. Unless we upgrade the security of these sites, these incidents will continue to happen.”
Stating that hacking government sites is the easiest way for hackers to steal the spotlight, Sumon said: “Some hackers also have political motivations to attack government sites. It is imperative that the security of these websites be improved as soon as possible.”
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune