The aviation ministry’s website encountered a series of three cyber-attacks within a span of 24 hours, resulting in its temporary shutdown and the loss of significant information, as disclosed by a spokesperson for the ministry on Wednesday.
This unfortunate incident follows a previous cyber-attack just a day earlier, which had prompted swift efforts to restore the website. Despite these restoration attempts, the hac*kers managed to breach the site once again in the subsequent attacks.
The nature and extent of the missing information from the aviation ministry’s website have not been detailed, but the repeated cyber-attacks raise concerns about the vulnerability of the website’s security infrastructure.
Adding to the complexity of the situation, cybersecurity experts had highlighted in 2022 that data from various government and private websites hacked over the past year in Pakistan was accessible on the dark web. This revelation underscores broader concerns about the effectiveness of cybersecurity measures across the country.
The recurrence of cyber-attacks on government platforms emphasizes the need for strengthened cybersecurity frameworks and proactive measures to safeguard sensitive information. It also underscores the constant challenges in the digital landscape, where evolving threats necessitate continuous efforts to fortify online security.