In a recent turn of events, a group of 'Indian' hackers, operating under the banner of the 'Indian Cyber Force,' temporarily disabled the official website of the Canadian Armed Forces. This incident comes in the wake of escalating tensions surrounding allegations related to the killing of secessionist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
The hackers' group had issued a warning just prior to the attack, signaling their discontent with the Canadian government's stance on the Nijjar case. They shared a screenshot of their successful takedown on X, formerly known as Twitter.
On September 21, the hackers explicitly threatened to launch cyberattacks on Canadian cyberspace, stating, 'get ready to feel the power.' The following day, they expressed their dissatisfaction with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 'allegations and anti-India politics.'
The disruption caused by this hack primarily affected mobile users, rendering the Canadian Armed Forces website inaccessible for a period. However, according to Daniel Le Bouthillier, the head of media relations at the Department of National Defence, the situation was swiftly rectified. Fortunately, there were no broader implications or security breaches reported within their systems.
It's important to note that the targeted website is distinct from the Canadian government and its National Defence Department's public sites and internal networks. As a result, an investigation into the matter is currently underway by the encompassing bodies of the Canadian Navy, special command groups, air and space operations, collectively known as the Canadian Forces.
This incident serves as a reminder of the ever-present challenges in the digital realm and underscores the importance of cybersecurity measures in today's interconnected world.