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Cyberwar between India and Bangladesh escalates

A week ago the Indian Hackers group announced a ‘cyberwar’ against Bangladesh. This was quickly followed by news that a hacker calling himself ‘Silent Hacker’ had defaced 30 Bangladeshi government websites.

Bangladeshi groups hit back. A day later, more than 300 Indian sites were attacked. The Bangladesh Cyber Army posted to Pastebin a list of more than 250 sites it claimed to have hacked. Another list of more than 30 Indian government sites claimed to have been ‘downed by the Bangladesh Cyber Army’ was pasted on 11 February. DDoS is the main method of attack.

Now the Bangladesh attacks have moved from political to commercial. Claiming that the attacks are actually in response to the alleged killing of Bangladeshi citizens in the India-Bangladesh border zone, the Bangladesh Cyber Army yesterday warned that its next attack would be against the Indian Stock Market. Apart from its own black hat groups, Bangladesh seems to be gathering support from Pakistani and Indonesian groups; and reportedly even Anonymous India.

Today news is emerging that the threat is being carried out with DDoS attacks against three primary Indian Stock Market sites: dseindia, nseindia and paisacontrol. At the time of writing this, only nseindia (The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd) was functioning properly; although it was apparently down for around ten hours during its peak time.

The Bangladesh Cyber Army claims that these attacks will continue so long as the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) continues ‘to attack Bangladesh citizens’ in the border zone between the two countries. The BSF site has also been attacked.

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