The website of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (http://www.bjp.org/) went into maintenance mode after an alleged hacking attempt early on February 05.
The site, at the moment, remains down but the “error 522” message has been replaced with the following text, “We’ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment. we’ll be back online shortly! — Web Admin.
Following the IANS report, Social media was abuzz with screenshots of a meme featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Below the meme was a music video of “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The meme poked fun at a clip in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past Modi as he extends his hand.
Later, while trying to open the website, it showed the following message: “We will be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment. We’ll be back online shortly.”
Meanwhile, Opposition parties trolled the BJP on social media. “The IT experts who claim EVMs can’t be hacked saw their party’s website hacked. But don’t ask for proof,” tweeted Aam Admi Party spokesperson, Saurabh Bhardwaj.
A Pakistan-based cyber hacker group allegedly hacked the official website of BJP Chhattisgarh – cgstate.bjp.org on 21 February Thursday, reported ANI.
Congress’ Twitter manager, Divya Spandana, was among the first to tweet about the malfunction of the BJP website. She shared a screenshot of a meme featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The BJP was yet to comment on whether it was a hacking attempt or the site was undergoing maintenance.
Earlier media reports said that nearly 70 Indian government websites were targeted by hackers. Response from the party are still awaited..