Pak Mad Hunters have taken credit for the attacks
Hackers of Pak Mad Hunters have breached and defaced a total of 18 major Pakistani government websites. Following the hack attack, all of them have been taken offline.The list of targets includes the Establishment Division (ead.gov.pk), Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (ophrd.gov.pk), the Cabinet Secretariat (cabinet.gov.pk), the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources (mpnr.gov.pk), the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (kana.gov.pk), and the Ministry Of Climate Change Division (mocc.gov.pk).
Other hacked sites are the ones of the Ministry of Defense (mod.gov.pk), Ministry of Defence Production (modp.gov.pk), Federal Ombudsman – Wafaqi Mohtasib (mohtasib.gov.pk), the Workers' Welfare Fund (wwf.gov.pk), the Ministry of Water and Power (mowp.gov.pk), the Ministry of Ports and Shipping (mops.gov.pk).
The website of the Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education (moptt.gov.pk), the National Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Network (nheprn.gov.pk), the Ministry of Railways (railways.gov.pk), the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (mopa.gov.pk), and the Ministry of National Harmony (monh.gov.pk) have also been defaced.
“All the corrupt and traitor ministers pawned. Message delivered to Pakistan government,” the hackers stated.
It appears Anon Cop, Ch3rn0by1 and Exploiter-Z – all members of the Pak Mad Hunters collective – are behind this attack.
Judging by the messages posted by the hackers on Facebook, the attack took place around 16 hours ago and the websites were defaced for several hours. At the time of writing, none of the impacted websites is accessible. A mirror of the defacements is available on zone-hack.com.
Earlier this month, the same hackers targeted a couple of websites belonging to Indian telecommunications companies, namely BSNK and Hathway. The Pakistani hacktivists usually target websites from India. However, it seems they’re not completely satisfied with their own government either.