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Gauhati University website hacked

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - The official website of Gauhati University was taken offline after unknown hackers defaced the site this morning.

Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr Pratap Jyoti Handique said when it came to light this morning, a complaint was filed with the Jalukbari Police Station in this regard.

�I was first informed by a student about it this morning. Then some members of our teaching staff also informed me over phone. Since it is a serious matter for us, the technical team immediately made the website offline as a temporary measure,� Handique told The Assam Tribune.

He said the website is likely to be reactivated tomorrow after necessary rectification.

The VC was of the view that there is a need to upgrade the security system for the website to avoid any such situation in future. The hackers had uploaded some unauthorised links in the website by breaking into its security system.

�We have a web management board comprising a number of experts and the maintenance of the website is looked after by a private company. Today, we have realised that there is a need to introduce a more updated technology to protect the website,� Handique said.

Reacting to the incident, general secretary of the Post Graduate Students� Union of the university Moon Kumar Talukder said, �It is a serious threat to the entire student community of Gauhati University, because our personal details and contacts, which are on the website, are not safe anymore. The authority concerned should take all possible steps to protect the website from any kind of data leakage.�

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Jalukbari) Jayanta Barua said the police have started investigation into the incident but the identity and location of the miscreants who hacked the website are yet to be ascertained.

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Gauhati University website hacked

GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - The official website of Gauhati University was taken offline after unknown hackers defaced the site this morning.

Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr Pratap Jyoti Handique said when it came to light this morning, a complaint was filed with the Jalukbari Police Station in this regard.

�I was first informed by a student about it this morning. Then some members of our teaching staff also informed me over phone. Since it is a serious matter for us, the technical team immediately made the website offline as a temporary measure,� Handique told The Assam Tribune.

He said the website is likely to be reactivated tomorrow after necessary rectification.

The VC was of the view that there is a need to upgrade the security system for the website to avoid any such situation in future. The hackers had uploaded some unauthorised links in the website by breaking into its security system.

�We have a web management board comprising a number of experts and the maintenance of the website is looked after by a private company. Today, we have realised that there is a need to introduce a more updated technology to protect the website,� Handique said.

Reacting to the incident, general secretary of the Post Graduate Students� Union of the university Moon Kumar Talukder said, �It is a serious threat to the entire student community of Gauhati University, because our personal details and contacts, which are on the website, are not safe anymore. The authority concerned should take all possible steps to protect the website from any kind of data leakage.�

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Jalukbari) Jayanta Barua said the police have started investigation into the incident but the identity and location of the miscreants who hacked the website are yet to be ascertained.