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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 Celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2019

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A Hunza school girl at Al Murtaza School in Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
AKAH in collaboration with other AKDN and government agencies is campaigning for “Clean Hands for All”. Photo: Imran Hunzai / AKDN

Aga Khan Agency of Habitat (AKAH) in close coordination with other Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies, Government Departments, civil bodies and media groups celebrated Global Handwashing Day 2019. 

A number of activities and events were designed and organized at the school level across districts in Gilgit- Baltistan. These activities aimed at campaigning for better hygiene. 

school kids in Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
Global Handwashing Day 2019: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, through its School Health Improvement Programme (SHIP), is sensitizing school children and management across vulnerable communities for hygienic practices, including handwashing with soap.
A Hunza kid washing hands
AKAH is spreading smiles through providing access to safe drinking water and educating communities for handwashing with soap, under its Water And Sanitation Education Programme (WASEP), to prevent diseases and save lives.
AKESP Global Handwashing Day 2019
Students at AKES, P school in Chatorkhand are demonstrating handwashing in an event organized to campaign for hygienic practices on Global Handwashing Day.
school kids in Al Murtaza School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
The students of AKES, P school in Murtazabad Hunza are learning the steps of Handwashing with the help of health hygiene trainers.
Representatives of AKDN on Global Handwashing Day 2019
Representatives of AKDN agencies emphasized addressing “Handwashing disparities to prevent diseases and save lives”, in events organized to mark Global Handwashing Day, 2019.
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Offices of Mashabrum Tours Bus Service to be sealed following Babusar Accident

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Mashabrum Tours Bus Service Accident

Gilgit-Baltistan Police, Excise Office, and District Administration of Skardu have decided to seal all office of Mashabrum Tours Bus Service following the tragic bus accident near Babusar Pass. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Skardu Khurram Mansoor has suspended the license of Mashabrum Bus Service.

Mashabrum Tours Bus Service

26 people had lost their lives and 15 others were left injured when a Mashabrum bus went out of control on Naran-Babusar Road at hit a cliff while taking a turn.

Netizens and activists have been protesting about the lack of proper inspection of the buses, many of which belong to the Government’s own operated Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO).

According to another unconfirmed report, Mashabrum Bus Service did not have a permit to operate on the Naran-Babusar Road, which is considered tricky as the vehicles have to cross Babusar Pass at about 4,173 meters.

According to a reliable source, the main office of Mashabrum Tours in Skardu and Gilgit districts have already been closed while the authorities have ordered to seal offices operated by the private bus service.

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