The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication acknowledged on Tuesday that a massive cyber attack had been reported on Pakistani government websites. No data theft, however, has been recorded.
According to a ministry official, the cyber attack attempt on the IT Ministry’s NTC system was prevented, citing Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Amin Ul Haque.
On NTC servers, Haque added, there are web pages for numerous departments, and the cyberattack happened at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
The attack was foiled thanks to a comprehensive cyber security system, according to the minister, who also stated that some departments’ websites were automatically suspended as a result of the cyberattack. Within three hours, all of the websites were back to normal, according to the minister.
According to Haque, the cyberattack occurred on the networking side, not the data center.
National Technology Council (NTC), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Cybernet, and Multinet were the principal targets, according to a threat intelligence analysis.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications has summoned a meeting for tomorrow (Wednesday) and has requested information from all departments.