Defence Ministry website hacked
In picture: Screenshot of the hacked Ministry of Defense official website.ANI

The official website of India's Ministry of Defense appeared to be hacked in the afternoon of Friday, April 6. Within hours, the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs went down.

According to the news agency ANI, a Chinese character was seen on the defense ministry website after it was hacked. 

A message on the hacked site said: "The website has encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later."

The website went offline soon after news of it being hacked emerged. 

Nirmala Sitharaman responds

Within minutes of the hack coming to light, the official Twitter handle of the defense minister said the hack had been "taken note of," and that appropriate action had been initiated. 

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted from her personal handle around half an hour after the hack came to light, saying: "Action is initiated after the hacking of MoD website." 

She added: "The website shall be restored shortly."

Home ministry site down

By Friday evening, even the Ministry of Home Affairs official website went down.

A message on the website said: "The site is currently not available due to technical problems. Please try again later. Thank you for your understanding."

Home ministry website down
The home ministry website went down Friday, April 6, 2018.Screenshot

These come less than three weeks after the official Twitter account of Air India was hacked.