An Indian hacker known as "Godzilla" taken down several Pakistani government web sites.
The hacker told The Hacker News that it acted in retaliation for the government's alleged support of terrorist activities, adding: "all network owned including switches because they deserve it, I have not touched any innocent website because target is only government".
At the time of writing, four of the 15 sites targeted were back online, while most others displayed an error message. Those still unreachable include the Ministry of Railways; Ministry of Science and Technology; and Ministry of Environment.
The Pakistani government apparently runs many of its servers through a proxy server located at 220.127.116.11 in a bid to thwart cyber attacks. However, it managed to configure the proxy in a such a way that local IP 192.168.70.103 was running through it.
The hacker apparently breached the local IBM server at this address with Layer 2-3 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module for IBM eServer, BladeCenter.
“They are running [the proxy] through a local system 192.168.70.103 which is been shut down as we have access of the switch", Godzilla told the hacker news site.
Pakistani and Indian hacktivists have a long and colourful history of tit-for-tat attacks on each other’s web sites as hostilities between the two fierce rivals frequently spill over into the online world.
However, neither side appears to be doing very well at stopping such attacks. According to the latest stats from the India CERT, there were 873 defacements of .in sites in January 2013, up slightly from the previous year. ®