ISRO Commercial Arm Antrix Website Hacked, All Eyes on China

Antrix Corporation.svgAt a time when ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix is celebrating the successful launch of the PSLV C-28 on Saturday, there are people who worked from behind to hack their website.

They succeeded on Sunday to hack the website of the Antrix and replaced it with some name called PROSJERSEY in black and left the visitors hue and dry to see the cheap apparels store instead of the hi-fi space programs facilitator.

The agency realised it on Monday and said, “The home page of the Antrix Corporation Limited website seems to have been hacked and we have already intimated this to the officials (of Antrix) who are dealing with the problem.”

PTI quoted an official who confirmed that the home page was hacked but “Other pages are fine.” He did not confirm or deny whether Chinese hackers are behind it. He merely replied that the officials at Antrix have brought it down for maintenance and working on it. Currently the official website of Antrix shows “under construction” message.

Antrix is ISRO’s marketing arm that facilitates space launch of satellites for agencies all over the world to be carried out by Indian Space Research Organisation. It has so far served clients such as EADS Astrium, Intelsat, Avanti Group, WorldSpace, Inmarsat, and other space institutions in Europe, Middle East and South East Asia.

Antrix, incorporated as a private limited company owned by the Indian government in September 1992, was involved in Antrix-Devas scam earlier but known for its achievements such as Successful launch of W2M satellite, supply of reliable satellite systems and sub-systems.

Among the satellite launches, Kitsat (Korea), Tubsat (DLR – Germany), BIRD (DLR – Germany), PROBA (Verhaert, Belgium) aboard the ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) are some. It also provides many IOT / TTC support services to International Space Agencies for customers such as World Space PANAMSAT, GE Americom, AFRISTAT etc.

It had launched TecSar for Israel and two satellites for France and Japan in 2012 followed by French SPOT 7 satellite on 30 June 2014 and 5 satellites for UK-based SSTL to launch their 3 DMC3 satellites just last Friday.

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