Odisha police to take Interpol help to nab RTO site hacker

Bhubaneswar: Two days after Ganjam district RTO’s official website was hacked, Odisha police on Tuesday said it will seek the help of Interpol to nab the hacker.

“We have identified the hacker and will seek the assistance of Interpol to arrest him,” DGP KB Singh said.

“He is an international criminal and hacked the site from California in the US,” stated the official.

After coming to know about the hacking, which had taken place on December 29, police had said on January 3 that it was the handiwork of one Abbas Abraham.

After hacking the site, Abraham had put the banner of an unknown organisation – Pakistan Cybercrew – on the website, police had said. Besides, Pakistan’s national flag written with ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ was also displayed on the homepage of the website.

Though Crime Branch ADG B K Sharma had stated soon after the incident that the website in question was not the official website of the RTO, the incident raised eyebrows on the cyber security of Odisha government, especially in the backdrop of the recent arrest of suspected Al-Qaeda operative Abdur Rehman and Puri train arson prime accused Ramachandran Subhas.

The question remains why the cyber security cell of the State intelligence could not get a whiff of the incident for five full days after the website was hacked.

Experts say the State police need to be extra vigilant at a time when the whole world is passing through terrorism-related issues and turbulence in the Middle East. They believe the State must strengthen its anti-terrorism wings to thwart any possible incident.