The websites saw their data put online, much to the country’s embarrassment. The websites of Indian embassies in Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, Libya, Malawi, Mali and Romania were hacked by a crew who dubbed themselves Kaputsky and Kasimierz L.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters that it was “aware of the problem” and was trying to fix it.
Attempts were being made to track the IP addresses of the hackers, who posted online the names, email addresses, phone numbers and passport numbers of some embassy staff members.
This is the latest series of high-profile Indian websites to be hacked this year. Last month, Pakistan-based hackers targeted more than 7,000 Indian websites after India launched a series of attacks on terror camps in Pakistan. Also in October, the security of around 3.2 million debit cards in India was breached when hackers inserted malware through an ATM network.