Hacktivist Vanguard

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Hacktivist Vanguard Ponishare-verified.png
Formation January 26, 2023
Founder Santhosh Kumar
Type Indian Hacker Group
Focus Cybersecurity, Activism
Location India
Region served
Website Hacktivist Vanguard Website

Hacktivist Vanguard Ponishare-verified.png is an Indian hacktivist group.The group is recognized for its diverse cyber activities and interventions.Established by Santhosh Kumar, Hacktivist Vanguard is an Indian hacktivist group acknowledged for its multifaceted cyber initiatives. Through digital channels, the group sheds light on various socio-political matters. Notably, the group gained prominence for its impactful measures, particularly the takedown of several gov.pk domains, directly affecting critical government infrastructure.

List of Cyber Attacks

OpSawaal was a list of cyber attacks aimed at Bangladesh government's major college and school education sites, along with takedown of various Bangladeshi government sites.

This operation involved hacking Pakistani websites with the hashtag #OpBhikaristan as a response to Pakistani hackers hacking Indian websites. This was part of their major missions. Additionally, they constantly monitor Pakistani websites and have taken down gov.pk domains.

  • Operation Indian Sex Racket

On February 4, 2023, a former member of the Hacktivist Vanguard group from Kerala hacked a Facebook page named 'Pedophilia'. The mission was named #Op18Racket, where the hacker exposed the person behind the page and showed the obtained chat in a video.


Hacktivist Vanguard, founded in 2023 by Santhosh Kumar, emerged as a notable Indian hacktivist group involved in cybersecurity activities and digital interventions. The group gained attention for its engagements in various cyber activities aimed at raising awareness and addressing perceived socio-political issues through digital means.

Since its inception, Hacktivist Vanguard has been associated with several high-profile cyber incidents, including the takedown of governmental domains and interventions in online platforms. The group's actions often targeted specific institutions or platforms, purportedly to draw attention to what they perceived as societal injustices or lapses in cybersecurity protocols.

The group's modus operandi often involves targeted cyber activities aimed at governmental and institutional entities. These actions garnered both support and criticism within the cybersecurity community and broader socio-political spheres, with debates on the ethics and implications of hacktivism.

Over time, Hacktivist Vanguard's activities have attracted significant media coverage and discussions within the cybersecurity landscape. The group continues to be a subject of interest for cybersecurity analysts, researchers, and those concerned with the intersection of technology, activism, and ethics.


Hacktivist Vanguard's actions have sparked concerns within cybersecurity and governmental circles regarding the ethical implications and potential consequences of their cyber activities. The group's interventions, particularly their targeted takedown of governmental domains, have raised questions about the legality and impact of hacktivism on national security and digital infrastructure.

The group's motive, often cited as addressing human rights violations and social injustices, has polarized opinions among cybersecurity experts and policymakers. While some view their actions as a means of exposing vulnerabilities and advocating for change, others criticize the methods used, emphasizing potential risks and collateral damage to critical online systems.

Cyberattack on Pakistan gov.pk Domain

Hacktivist Vanguard, an Indian hacktivist group led by Santhosh Kumar, orchestrated a significant cyberattack targeting Pakistani servers. The attack resulted in widespread disruption across various government and public platforms. Government portals, online tax filing systems, public transport websites, and online banking platforms became inaccessible in the aftermath of the assault. Educational institutions relying on online learning platforms were also affected, potentially impacting numerous students.

The precise motive behind Hacktivist Vanguard's assault on Pakistani servers remains undisclosed. However, the group's Telegram message accompanying the attack cited "ongoing human rights violations and suppression of dissent within the country" as a response to their actions. Known for advocating human rights causes, the group often resorts to cyberattacks to draw attention to perceived injustices.

While the immediate impact of the cyberattack was evident, concerns persist regarding the long-term consequences for Pakistani servers. Technical teams are diligently working to restore functionality. Yet, experts caution that rectifying compromised systems and addressing vulnerabilities may take substantial time, raising the risk of data breaches and extended disruptions, including those affecting critical security infrastructure.

Dr. Aisha Khan, a cybersecurity expert, emphasized the necessity of leveraging this incident to fortify cyber defenses and bolster the resilience of critical online infrastructure. Despite the lack of an official statement from the Pakistani government, internal discussions are reportedly underway to assess the damage and devise a response strategy. With no clear timeline for restoration and international attention on the incident, Pakistan faces a critical period in navigating this unprecedented cyber crisis.[16]