Federal Board of Revenue shut down its websites for more than 24 hours
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has shut down its websites for more than 24 hours on the eve of Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day, fearing that Indian hackers will attempt another hack.
The tax machinery’s three web portals remained unavailable on Saturday night and Sunday, disrupting the payment and filing of income tax returns.
The websites are expected to be operational before the start of official working hours on Monday (today).
The FBR shut down its web portal for routine maintenance almost ten days ago and informed the public via a notification.
Last year, Pakistan’s top spy agency warned the FBR about the high likelihood of a cyber-attack, but the warnings were ignored.
The previous government had fired the then-FBR chairman under the guise of failing to protect the websites.
However, the officials in charge of the data center’s security were never punished.
This suggests that the Finance Ministry does not consider its systems to be completely secure from cyber-attacks.