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In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

RCSC, BoB, RGoB Portal among tens of hacked websites

I recently browsed the web looking for hacked Bhutanese websites. Unfortunately, I found this task to be a bit too easy. There are plenty of hacked websites out there. The websites I found are the ones where hackers made sure they will be "recognized" by vandalizing the website and leaving some sort of a message, often quite graphic in nature. Naturally, the more dangerous hackers are the ones who perform their activities WITHOUT leaving visible traces - but of course I am unable to detect these.
Some of the hacks with more potential to cause serious harm are Bank of Bhutan and the Civil Service Information System.

Here are some of the sites. Snapshots of the hacked websites are provided below.

Note: Click on any image below to start the slideshow.

Government and Official

  • National Soil Services Centre (NSSC)
  • National Portal of Bhutan
  • Agriculture Marketing and Enterprise Promotion Program, MoAF
  • Climate Summit for the Living Himalayas
  • Construction Development Board (CDB)
  • CCM, Ministry of Health
  • The Museum of Monarchy, The Tower of Dzongkha
  • Civil Service Information System, Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC)
  • 16th SAARC Summit


  • Bajothang HSS
  • Jigme Namgyal LSS
  • Early Learning Centre
  • Sherub Reldri HSS

Corporate and Private

  • Bank of Bhutan
  • Greener Way
  • Vajrayana Tours and Travels
  • Happy Tabi Tours
  • Wisdom Pictures
  • The Old Students Association of Yangchenphu
  • Genesis Tours
  • Bhutan for Travel
  • Travel to Bhutan
  • Drukpa Holidays
  • Amazing Holidays
  • Orgyen Himalayan Expedition

Construction Development Board



Orgyen Himalayan Expedition

Bhutan |Government Portal


Wisdom Pictures

Civil Service Information System

Bank of Bhutan

Genesis Tours

Greener Way

YHS Alumni

Sherub Reldri HSS

16th SAARC Summit

Drukpa Holidays

Bhutan for Travel

Travel to Bhutan

Bajothang HSS


Early Learning Centre, Thimphu


Happy Tabi


Amazing Holidays

Ta Dzong

Bhutan Climate Summit 2010


  1. God, I love the hackers. This only shows how careless we are, including myself- though I am not the admin of my school website yet. I am seriously thinking about google sites as the secure future.
    Thanks for the information and cautioning the whole of Bhutan.
    I am very concerned about bob website being hacked. But with rest of the hacks, I think they are just having fun....

  2. that's why i have not signed up for internet banking, although i dont think it will make a dffference if they have their actual banking system online.. also another reason i thought "IT city" was a bit too premature.
    I'm no IT guy but I seem to be able to trouble shoot all my computer problems better than most IT "professionals" in Bhutan.

  3. thats one reason i have not signed up for internet banking... although i don't know if that makes a difference if the system is already online.

    Also another reason i thought the IT city was a bit premature... sad to say but I seem to be able to trouble shoot my own, friends and family members' computer problems better than quite a few local IT professional... and I'm not an IT guy.. just a closet geek.

    1. @thinley, thanks for your comment. Perhaps you should start an IT troubleshooting business? There's a lot of demand for that!


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