New Delhi: In a major embarrassment to the central government and defense ministry, the website of Ministry of Defence was hacked by on Friday evening. The defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman confirmed the news through her official social media handles and informed that action has been initiated and steps would be taken to prevent such eventuality in the future.

Upon visiting the website www.mod.gov.in, it was inaccessible and displayed a message “Error…. The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later.” The website also displayed two purportedly Chinese characters on it, which sparked rumors on social media about this hack having a possible hand of hackers from India’s largest neighbor China.

Normally whenever hackers target government website, they leave behind a message or a symbol that identifies them with some group and claim responsibility for it. But so far no one has come forward a claimed any responsibility so far. This attack on the defense websites punches loopholes into the tall claims of the government of having the best cybersecurity and no one could breach it. This has not been the first instance where government’s claim of cybersecurity has fallen flat on its face, much to its embarrassment.