The official website of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) remained inaccessible a day after it was allegedly hacked.
Attempts to reach the website of the party that rules the Centre returned a “maintenance” message on Wednesday.
“We’ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment. We’ll be back online shortly!” read the message on the homepage of the website.
The message has been up on the website since the alleged hacking attempt at 11.30 am on Tuesday.
As soon as the website went down, social media was abuzz with screenshots of a meme featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi that was allegedly posted by the hackers on the website. Below the meme was a music video of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
The meme poked fun at a clip in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past Modi as he extends his hand.
Congress’ social media handler, Divya Spandana was among the first to tweet about the malfunction of the website.
Bhaiya aur Bhehno if you’re not looking at the BJP website right now- you’re missing out
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) March 5, 2019
BJP has not yet commented on the website malfunction.
The hacking of the BJP website comes days after Pakistani-linked hackers reportedly attacked nearly 90 Indian government websites following the 14 February Pulwama terror attack. India had then initiated counter-offensive measures in cyberspace.
In the same week, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal accused New Delhi of targeting Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, which had stopped working in several countries including the US.