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Bengaluru, (IANS) In a major security breach, the website of the Indian space agency’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation has been hacked, a senior official admitted on Sunday.

“Home page of our commercial division (Antrix) has been defaced. We are finding out how it happened,” an ISRO official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IANS.

The website (www.antrix.gov.in) was blocked within minutes after its home page was found having weird content and a message saying “This site is under construction. Come back soon” put up.

In place of information about Antrix and its activities, the home page had an article in English on “about 300 kids from Cape Town getting American Major League jerseys at cheap prices in China”.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) declined to confirm if Chinese hackers were behind the incident.

“Our technical teams are investigating the incident. We would not comment without knowing how it happened and who is behind it,” said the official.

The space agency’s own website (www.isro.gov.in) and its other associated sites are safe and are accessible.

Incidentally, Antrix home page was hacked two days after the space agency on Friday night deployed five British commercial satellites.

“The Antrix Corporation’s website certainly seemed to be hacked a couple of days back. And the company has pulled down the site. It was hacked in 2011 too. It seems the company has not taken sufficient security measures,” city-based Cyber Security and Privacy Foundation founder J. Prasanna told IANS.

On Friday, Antrix Corporation’s chairman and managing director V.S.Hegde told IANS that the company’s website is being revamped and annual reports would be uploaded on the site.

According to Prasanna, the link given to a Chinese shop could be a diversionary tactic to give a China angle to the hacking.

He said for hackers of government websites and public sector undertakings, Friday is the prime day as the next two days are holidays.

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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)

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