Pakistan: Neglect caused Federal Board of Revenue cyber-attack

Despite knowing that its information technology equipment is obsolete and some of its software is outdated, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) did not make any serious effort to upgrade them, which resulted into hacking of the data centres.

The systems were not improved even though the World Bank approved an $80 million loan two years ago to upgrade what it called “end-of-life equipment” and “legacy branded software”.

The hacking of the country’s largest data centre has also weakened the government’s case for holding next general elections through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The hacking took place at a time when the Cabinet Division has also shifted its business online.

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Source: The Express tribune