All India Football Federation | WEBSITE HACKED !

The Times of India

MUMBAI: Hackers supporting the jehadis in Pakistan have again damaged an Indian website, this time the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The cyber outlaws, identifying themselves as 'ZCompany Hacking Crew', struck on Thursday evening and turned the entire homepage into a propaganda message board, targeting the governments of India and Israel for a few hours before the AIFF officials got in touch with the Canadian company hosting the website and blocked the offensive content.

"Our website was hacked today evening and we soon got in touch with the Canadian company hosting our site. They have already blocked the site and we expect them to restore it by Friday," AIFF general secretary Kushal Das told TOI. "We are trying to find out the persons behind this (attack) and are hoping to get a report on the culprits by tomorrow," Das added.

It is the second such attack on the AIFF website in a month after a Pakistani hacker mutilated the homepage towards the end of December weeks after the a group called Pakistan Cyber Army hacked the website of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). "That time the hackers struck early morning and we could block them immediately," a top AIFF official said.

He also expressed confidence that none of the data would be lost. "We have got back-ups for all our data and hence we will be able to restore it without any damage."

The AIIF website, which was launched after private individuals -- including NRIs -- demonstrated the popularity of Indian football sites, was suffered problems all through. "This is their second URL (website address) and the fourth reconstruction after the first URL was shut down due to lack of proper maintenance," an informed source said.

The revamped website was launched by AIFF in August 2009 coinciding with India's participation in the Nehru Cup