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[ISN] Silver Lords lead record anti-India hacking spree
From: InfoSec News (isnC4I.ORG)
Date: Mon Apr 30 2001 - 00:09:00 CDT
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[To clear up a little confusion here, Mr. Prasad runs a small mailing
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subcontinent. Some of the regular readers of InfoSec News & C4I.org
(who also forwarded the article) thought the Hindustan Times writer
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running c4i, a website to internet security and terrorism, which
sounds suspiciously like C4I.org. - WK]
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
April 26, 2001
THIS YEAR is set to become a record for anti-Indian hacking with 160
websites defaced in less than four months. In comparison, 131 Indian
websites were attacked last year. This year's tally is heading for 650
plus. "It really doesn't look like a good year for Indian websites,"
says India Cracked, a website that monitors anti-Indian hacking.
Leading the charge is a little-known hacker group called the Silver
Lords which has wrecked 23 Indian websites in the past six days. The
Silver Lords place a red and black image on the sites they hack,
leaving the words: "Silver Lords: For the Freedom of Kashmir."
The Silver Lords seem to be for an independent Kashmir. But they have
also attacked one Pakistani website, global.net.pk. While Kashmiri
hacktivism is not unknown, it has never shown this degree of cyber
Most hack attacks against Indian sites are by Pakistani or Islamic
groups like GForce Pakistan or Harkat-ul-mOs. Such groups have been
responsible for two-thirds of the anti-India attacks this year.
The screen names of seven Silver Lords are known: MaDDoNa, macviz,
ScorpionKTX, Lord Choo3s, fOul, Packeted and MiRiNdA.
According to Srijit, the screen name of the person who runs the
Singapore-based India Cracked, the group left an e-mail address
silverlordsyahoo.com at one attack.
The Silver Lords have hacked Indian sites intermittently before, as
well as sites in other countries, but never showed any political
leanings. MaDDoNa, in a recent solo attack on the Guru Nanak Dev
University site, said nothing about Kashmir and even left a note on
how to repair the site.
Srijit, analyzing previous attacks by ScorpionKTX, says he "seems to
be connected to Brazil." This is of interest, says Ravi V. Prasad, who
runs c4i, a website to internet security and terrorism, because Brazil
is a centre for mercenary hackers. They are recruited over the
internet by governments and political groups to attack specific sites.
This makes it likely the Silver Lords were recruited, probably three
months ago, to attack India-related websites by Kashmiri activists or
Pakistani agencies. "They may have been asked to attack a few
Pakistani sites to make it seem they were Kashmiri," said one expert.
This would explain their sudden interest in Kashmir and focus on
Pakistani hacker groups sprang up after the Pokhran II tests and after
Western hackers stole nuclear test data from the BARC. GForce was the
first such group. The newest group is the World's Fantabulous
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