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Anonymous Hacker Group Surfaces in Gilgit-Baltistan, Defaces Indian Website

An Anonymous hacktivist group called “GB Hackers” has surfaced for the first time in Gilgit-Baltistan’s history. The hacker group has defaced the website of All India SC & ST Railway Employees Association replacing the whole website contents with a banner of their own. The banner has on it displayed a map of Gilgit-Baltistan, flags of Pakistan and India; and a message to the viewers.

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An Anonymous hacktivist group called Gilgit Baltistan Hackers “GB Hackers” has surfaced for the first time in Gilgit-Baltistan’s history. The hacker group has defaced the website of All India SC & ST Railway Employees Association replacing the whole website contents with a banner of their own. The banner has on it displayed a map of Gilgit-Baltistan, flags of Pakistan and India; and a message to the viewers.

We are not a cricket match” says the message, “Stop playing with us“, they add.

In the background, a song “Hum Gilgit-Baltistan Ke Hain” plays automatically and goes in a loop till you close the window.

This is the first time any hacker group from Gilgit-Baltistan has carried out such an operation. Hacktivists throughout the world deface and hack websites for various reasons. The agenda of such operations are mostly to raise political, religious or regional issues.

Anonymous officially disowns hackers working for personal gain.

GB Hackers

The banner displayed on the defaced website

We are not cricket match.

We are no Kashmir

Stop playing with us

We are starving for our rights since 1948 and can’t wait further

Give us our rights we are not part of your tugging war

The target website (www.aisctrea.com) uses a .com generic top-level domain or a gTLD. Organizations especially governments do not use such gTLDs but its usage is not restricted, unlike many other specific TLDs.

The website is hosted on a shared web host that probably enabled the hackers to break into the server and upload their message. Websites hosted on a shared web hosting are relatively easier to deface compared to those hosted on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or dedicated servers.

A screenshot of the website before it was defaced by GB Hackers

A screenshot of the website before it was defaced by GB Hackers

All India SC & ST Railway Employees Association is an organization recognized by Indian Ministry of Railway.

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration

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AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partners with the Karakoram
International University, Gilgit, for programs of scientific and technical collaborations to advance the state of living conditions and reduce the vulnerability of mountain communities.

This partnership will encourage and facilitate young researchers and development practitioners in the field of disaster management and related disciplines such as hazard identification and assessment, mitigation, preparedness socioeconomic vulnerability assessment, climate change
induced disasters, Glacier and Glacier lakes, radiation hazards in the built environment and area focused structural design.

A high-level meeting held between Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and Karakoram International University, at Gilgit on 29 May 2019 to discuss technical aspects of the partnership for information sharing, exchange of resources and provision of opportunities. The meeting followed by the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to advance the state of living conditions and reduces the vulnerability of mountain communities to natural disasters. The MoU was signed by the Vice Chancellor of KIU and the CEO of AKAH.

In his remarks Engr. Prof. Dr. Attaullah Shah, Vice Chancellor, Karakoram International University shared that “KIU is committed to making social development and evolution of peaceful and pluralistic societies in the mountainous areas of Pakistan. This formal linkage between the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and KIU will be considered vital to boost research
and technical cooperation by sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources”.

AKAH partners with KIU for Programs of Scientific and Technical Collaboration

“Dealing with the issues of climate change and ensuring a safe and sustainable human habitat in the mountain areas is a key challenge of our times. We believe this challenge can only be addressed through strong cooperation and synergy between public and private sector organizations including academia and the civil society through generation and sharing of

knowledge, experience and technical cooperation” emphasized by Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, CEO of AKAH while speaking to the occasion. He further added that “this partnership will provide KIU researchers the opportunity of a field laboratory in AKDN projects for applied research in areas of disaster management and climate change adaptation and mitigation which will ultimately contribute to improvement in the quality of life of the communities. He appreciated the support that the public sector organizations have extended to AKDN and termed this partnership another key step for the development of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.

In the past AKAH (AKPBS) jointly with KIU has worked on the development of skilled craftsmanship in Gilgit-Baltistan through joint programs.

Hundreds of craftspeople have benefited from the joint program and are benefitting communities with their learned skills.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Raises Awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

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To protect school children from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show:

“A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitize them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said:

“In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared
for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals.

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

For further information, please contact:
[email protected]

NOTES:
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which merges the capabilities of Focus Humanitarian Assistance, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative focuses on preparing for both sudden and slow-onset disasters. AKAH works to ensure that people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters; that residents who do live in high- risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response; and that these settings provide access to social and financial services that lead to greater opportunity and a
better quality of life. Initially, priority areas of AKAH will include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and India.

Read more about the agency at: http://www.akdn.org/our-agencies/aga-khan-agency-habitat

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