It’s been more than a week since Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s official website was hacked. The website was taken down last week and has remained under ‘maintenance’ mode till now. Following the incident, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has confirmed that the website has been hacked.
At the “Digital India Summit” currently being held in New Delhi, the minister said, “There are rogue elements in the society. The site was hacked only for a few minutes. We got back control very soon.”
With this statement, the IT Minister admitted that the BJP website was hacked and it comes as a first-time admission from the government. But Prasad did not mention when the site will be back online as it has been more than a week since the site has been labeled as ‘under maintenance’.
When trying to access the website, a message reads: “We’ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment. We will be back online shortly!”
The BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya last week said the site was not hacked but he did admit that the website had experienced some sort of ‘transgression’. Further, he stated that the website was down because of a ‘technical glitch’ rather than being hacked. But a week ago, the official website of BJP showed abusive content, which clearly means that the website was hacked.
A week ago, on the official BJP website a meme was posted with PM Narendra Modi’s image with the caption “Brothers and sisters, I’ve fooled all of you. Brothers and sisters, we’ve fooled all of you. More to come! Many, many congratulations!”
There was also a video with the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ posted below the meme. The identity of the hackers hasn’t been confirmed yet and no hacker group has claimed responsibility for the act.
The news has gained huge traction in the past few days as Twitter users are posting things and memes about the BJP’s website hack.
As of now, no official comment has been made about when the website will be back online.