Anonymous Targets India’s Government’s Websites
In the latest in a long line ofhacking attacks that have target various governments, businesses, and individuals, the hacker group known as Anonymous set their sights on the national government sites in India. In their attack, they were able to take down the web sites of the Indian Supreme Court, the sites operated by two of India’s major political parties, and several other government websites, making them totally inaccessible to anyone for an extended period of time. This latest attack was retaliation from Anonymous to a recent government legislature which blocked several file sharing and video sharing websites in India.
Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attack almost immediately, though no other suspects really existed. According to them, it is time for India to bring in a new government. “Namaste #India, your time has come to trash the current government and install a new one. Good luck. | #SaveTPB #Anonymous #Censorship”.
The hacking was a response to the government’s blocking of file sharing sites like thepiratebay.com and vimeo.com. The website for the Supreme Court of India became accessible to everyone again after only a short while. However, the website for the Congress of India remained offline for much longer. The website for India’s Department of Telecommunications also came under attack and was unavailable for anyone and everyone.
It had Anonymous’ intention to launch an attack against India. This was not a random attack. Anonymous discussed what they called Operation: India in a YouTube posted nearly two weeks ago. In the message, they released the following statement:
“We have come to the conclusion that the Indian government has failed. It is time that we all rise and stand against the corrupt government. The Department of Telecommunications has ordered Internet Service Providers to block file-sharing sites in India. We cannot let this happen.”
In late March, Chennai-based Copyright Labs won a restraining order that made Indian ISPs and phone firms stop their customers reaching sites that were illegally sharing copies of Bollywood films called 3 and Dhammu.
Some people can still access Vimeo and The Pirate Bay. It seems that the sites were initially blocked by Reliance, followed by Airtel. The users who faced the blocking got a message saying that this was due to a DOT regulation, but later the message said that it was because of a court order.
The UN is expected to discuss the proposal in the next 72 hours. The proposal would end “equal say” process for internet governance and push the civil society to the fringes. The proposed Committee for Internet Related Polices would be 50-member body funded by the UN. It would meet once a year and would have the power to oversee all internet standards bodies.
To knock out the sites, Anonymous bombarded them with data, a tactic known as a Distributed Denial of Service attack. The tactic had only partial success as most of the sites targeted soon recovered and were only offline intermittently.
Anonymous Tweet: “We are not doing any permanent damage to the websites. We just want file sharing sites to be unblocked.”