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Ryan International School website hacked, homepage replaced with tribute to Pradyuman Thakur

India Today logo India Today 13-09-2017
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Ryan International School, which is battling public criticism over the murder of one its students at a Gurgaon school, is now facing a tech-savvy enemy - hackers.

A group of hackers that calls itself 'Team Kerala Cyber Warriors' today evening took down the education institution's website, defacing it with a photo and text tribute to Pradyman Thakur, the seven-year-old boy who was murdered at Ryan International School, Gurgaon.

At the time of writing this report, the website URL returned a 404 error, a message that is displayed when internet browsers cannot access a certain website. This could mean that the Ryan group website administrators had taken the site offline in order to combat the hack.

While the hack was live, IndiaToday.in managed to take screenshots of the homepage, which displayed the seven-year-old Pradyuman's photo and a message to the Ryan management.

The text and the photo were overlaid on an image of a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, the signature attire of hackers who belong to the collective 'Anonymous.'

© India Today The hackers began the tribute by saying, "You [Pradyuman] may be gone, but you will never be forgotten."

The hackers then posted a message to the management of the Ryan International School, saying, "Citizens of India demands (sic) justice for the innocent soul Pradyuman Thakur, who lost his life due to your security negligence." "School is just a business for you," the message continued, "What responsiblity you put towards your students?? (sic) What security and safety measures are you providing in your school??"

The message then went on to allege that CCTV cameras inside the school where Pradyuman was murdered were not working. The school also failed to check the background of its employees, the hackers said. "Education is not a business," the message ended.

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