A Day After Suspected Hack, Supreme Court Website Down Again
Brazilian hackers seem to have taken over the Supreme Court of India’s website.
Brazilian hackers seem to have taken over the Supreme Court of India’s website.(Photo: The Quint)

A Day After Suspected Hack, Supreme Court Website Down Again

The website of the Supreme Court of India is down, again.

The top court’s website was not loading on Friday, 20 April. This comes a day after the apex court website was allegedly hacked by a Brazilian group – this was, coincidentally, when the SC was pronouncing its judgment in the Judge BH Loya case.

On Thursday, 19 April, top court officials had confirmed that the website had been "non-functional" since 11:35 am and that they were in touch with the NIC. All efforts were being made to restore normalcy, officials added. However, they were non-committal on confirming whether the website had been hacked or not.

In Thursday’s hack, no one claimed responsibility but a screenshot of the page suggested that the act could be the handiwork of a group of hackers from Brazil.

On the website, http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/, hackers have left a message in Spanish that read, “Hackeado por High Tech Brazil HackTeam” which translates to “hacked by High Tech Brazil HackTeam”.

Follow live updates on the judge Loya death case here.

This message also followed an image of a cannabis leaf that says, “te amo linda pequena... melhor amiga que ja tive,” which, according to Google, translates to “I love beautiful little... best friend who already had.”

No clue what the hacker is trying to convey though.

The hack seems to be a targeted attack as there was heavy traffic on the Supreme court’s website since 19 April morning, with people trying to track developments on BH Loya’s case.

The HighTech Brazil HackTeam had been in the news earlier in 2013 because of their rampant attacks on hundreds of website worldwide.

The hackers had compromised websites belonging to South African satellite TV service TopTV, the Greek National Printing Office and even India’s wireless internet provider Reliance Netconnect, among many others.

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(This copy has been updated to add latest developments)

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