Attacks on Pakistani government websites are being carried out by an Indian hackers cell. The SideWinder organization illegally accesses the official email systems of numerous departments in Pakistan by using identities belonging to the Pakistani government, according to the National Telecommunication and Information Security Board’s (NTISB) recommendation.
According to the alert, the hackers attempted to hack into the systems of NADRA, the Pakistan Air Force, and other crucial organizations in order to obtain private data from individuals in Pakistan.
According to the advice, APT Group engages in cyberattacks using extreme phishing emails, including phoney ones.
Employing government credentials to gain access to government email networks, the group conducts cyber espionage operations by using malware that is included in phoney emails.
The advice claims that although the SideWinder hackers have been operating since 2012, their criminal activities were only discovered in 2018 by a number of cybersecurity researchers.
This gang also participated in cyberattacks between May and October 2022 against the FIA, SNGPL, NADRA, and other significant institutions. Several advisories have been made in this regard.
The group conducts these operations in all of South Asia, including Pakistan, and periodically modifies its methods and tactics.
Prevention from Hackers
The NTISB has encouraged government agencies to use reputable and current antivirus software to timely update all apps and operating systems.
The advice has urged government agencies to examine the system’s security and utilize multi-factor difficult passwords in every system, mobile account, financial account, and mailing address.
Government workers have been warned not to use personal accounts on work networks and not to provide their personal information to unauthorized people, websites, or applications.
Government agencies and employees have been warned by the NTISB not to install unauthorized or suspicious software, and to avoid clicking on cryptic links and attachments.
Additionally, the authorities have been urged to refrain from visiting HTTP websites and only open HTTPS-secured ones.
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