[iwar] record anti-India hacking spree

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Date: 2001-04-27 04:45:37

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Article in Hindustan Times, India, of Friday, 27 April 2001


Silver Lords lead record anti-India hacking spree 

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri 

(New Delhi, April 26) 

THIS YEAR is set to become a record for anti-Indian hacking with 160 
websites defaced in less than four months. In comparison, 131 Indian 
websites were attacked last year. This year's tally is heading for 
650 plus. "It really doesn't look like a good year for Indian 
websites," says India Cracked, a website that monitors anti-Indian 

Leading the charge is a little-known hacker group called the Silver 
Lords which has wrecked 23 Indian websites in the past six days. The 
Silver Lords place a red and black image on the sites they hack, 
leaving the words: "Silver Lords: For the Freedom of Kashmir." 
The Silver Lords seem to be for an independent Kashmir. But they have 
also attacked one Pakistani website, global.net.pk. While Kashmiri 
hacktivism is not unknown, it has never shown this degree of cyber 

Most hack attacks against Indian sites are by Pakistani or Islamic 
groups like GForce Pakistan or Harkat-ul-mOs. Such groups have been 
responsible for two-thirds of the anti-India attacks this year. 
The screen names of seven Silver Lords are known: MaDDoNa, macviz, 
ScorpionKTX, Lord Choo3s, fOul, Packeted and MiRiNdA. 
According to Srijit, the screen name of the person who runs the 
Singapore-based India Cracked, the group left an e-mail address 
silverlords@yahoo.com at one attack. 

The Silver Lords have hacked Indian sites intermittently before, as 
well as sites in other countries, but never showed any political 
leanings. MaDDoNa, in a recent solo attack on the Guru Nanak Dev 
University site, said nothing about Kashmir and even left a note on 
how to repair the site. 

Srijit, analyzing previous attacks by ScorpionKTX, says he "seems to 
be connected to Brazil." This is of interest, says Ravi V. Prasad, 
who runs c4i, a website to internet security and terrorism, because 
Brazil is a centre for mercenary hackers. They are recruited over the 
internet by governments and political groups to attack specific 

This makes it likely the Silver Lords were recruited, probably three 
months ago, to attack India-related websites by Kashmiri activists or 
Pakistani agencies. "They may have been asked to attack a few 
Pakistani sites to make it seem they were Kashmiri," said one expert. 
This would explain their sudden interest in Kashmir and focus on 
Indian sites. 

Pakistani hacker groups sprang up after the Pokhran II tests and 
after Western hackers stole nuclear test data from the BARC. GForce 
was the first such group. The newest group is the World's Fantabulous 


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