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Amazon launches Kindle store in India

SAN FRANCISCO: US e-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched its Kindle Store in India, claiming to have the largest selection of any e-bookstore in the country.

The India Kindle Store offers over one million e-books, priced in Indian rupees, including 70 of the top selling editions.

“We are proud to launch this new Kindle store for Indian customers, offering Kindle book purchases in rupees and the ability to buy and read the work of many great Indian authors,” said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle content for Amazon.

The Kindle reader will be sold exclusively in Croma stores across India at an introductory price of Rs 6,999 (around $125).

“Kindle is the bestselling e-reader in the world and has revolutionized the way people read,” said Ajit Joshi, chief executive and managing director of Croma.

Customers may also download and read books on the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, and Android-based devices.

The India Kindle Store features new releases, best sellers and other works from a range of Indian authors, including Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravinder Singh and Amish Tripathi.

Some exclusive Kindle books will be available and over one million classics can be downloaded for free.

Amazon also launched Kindle Direct Publishing for independent authors and publishers in India, allowing them to make their books available to customers worldwide on Kindle devices and reading apps.

Authors and publishers in India will be able to set prices specific for India and receive royalty payments in rupees.

Amazon has a number of Kindle stores for customers around the world in addition to its US store.

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Driven by India, Nimbuzz eyes 400 mn users by ’14

NEW DELHI: Instant messaging platform Nimbuzz expects the Indian market to be one of the main drivers in touching the 400-million userbase mark in the next two years.

The company had recently announced crossing the 100 million user mark across 80 countries, entering the league of top 20 most-used internet platforms in mobile and Web communications space.

“With a 100 million strong userbase, the target now is to double userbase each year in the next two years to reach 400 million by 2014-end,” Nimbuzz CEO Vikas Saxena told PTI.

He added that about 25 per cent of the targetted number is expected to come from India.

Of the 100 million users, the company claims that India has 17 million users; followed by the US at 6.5 million users, Middle East (30 million); South Asia (14 million); Africa (13 million) and Europe (10 million).

“India has been a strong market for us and we have seen strong adoption across platforms, especially Android. While in earlier days, the numbers were coming from the application being pre-bundled, the additions are now coming from people downloading the application on their smartphones,” Saxena said.

He added that the company is working on a slew of new products to engage users and drive the userbase.

Saxena said the additions were pan-India but increasing traction is being seen in regions like Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

Nimbuzz counts What’s App, Blackberry messenger, Skype, WeChat and Yahoo messenger as rival platforms across the world.

It has received USD 25 million in venture capital and strategic funding from Mangrove Capital Partners (investors in Skype) and Naspers/MIH (investors in Tencent and Mail.ru).

Founded in 2006 in the Netherlands, Nimbuzz moved its global headquarters to Gurgaon earlier this year.

The company has a delivery and development centre in Gurgaon. While half of its 160 employees are based in India, the remaining 80 are spread across Argentina and the Netherlands.

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Facebook user base soars to 50 million in India

HYDERABAD: Facebook has said its user base in India has grown from 8 million in 2010 to 50 million now and most of the people access the site through mobile phones, prompting it to rethink its business model.

While for other countries it was the desktop which was first used to get in to the portal, in case of India it was the mobile phone, said Kirthiga Reddy, Facebook Director – online operations and head of office – India.

Most of the people in the US started on desktop and moved to mobile, she said, adding that India is causing the company to rethink its model.

“Because many people are going to Facebook first on mobile and they might never go to desktop again,” Reddy said.

The situation has prompted Facebook to come out with many innovations so that the site can be accessed through any mobile phone, she added.

“Facebook had a user-base of 8 million when it started its office in India in 2010. It has grown to 50 million users since then,” Reddy said, adding that currently translation in India is available in eight languages.

“Globally, we have many users that contributed for translation of local languages. Translate tool is open for a few other languages,” she said.

Replying to a query, she said as per studies children below 13 tend to access Facebook when their parents are using the site.

“Our policy is that children below 13 years of age are not allowed… we have taken that very seriously. Anytime someone is being reported being under 13 (of age), we immediately look into that and take action. There is a lot of education and initiatives we engage in,” she added.

According to the information available in Facebook official site, it had 901 million active users at the end of March 2012, and approximately 80 per cent of these monthly active users were outside the US and Canada.

Facebook is available in more than 70 languages.

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Anonymous supporters protest internet censorship in Japan

TOKYO: About 80 masked people, calling themselves allies of the global hacker group Anonymous, picked up litter in Tokyo Saturday in a novel protest against Japan’s tougher laws against illegal downloads.

In light rain, they took part in an ‘Anonymous cleaning service’ for one hour in a park and on pavements in the shopping and entertainment hub of Shibuya, a change from the group’s trademark website attacks.

They were dressed in black and wore masks of Guy Fawkes, the central figure in England’s 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up parliament, which have become a symbol of protests by the loosely linked alliance around the world.

Last month, Japan’s parliament enacted new copyright laws that could mean jail for anyone illegally downloading copyrighted music and movies.

On June 26, websites of the Japanese finance ministry, the Supreme Court and other public offices were defaced or brought down after an Anonymous online statement denounced the new laws.

The statement claimed Japan’s recording industry and other content providers were now pushing internet service providers to implement surveillance technology that will spy on every single internet user in Japan.

The group, which assembled for the clean-up service in Tokyo, attributed the cyber attacks to other Anonymous elements around the world.

“We prefer constructive and productive solutions,” the group said in a statement. “We want to make our fellow citizens aware of the problem with a productive message.”

“In IRC (internet relay chat), somebody proposed cleaning as a means of protest as we didn’t want to follow the style of mass anti-nuclear rallies which are getting too much,” said a spokesman for the assembly.

“I guess this is the first time that a Japanese-led Anonymous group stages an outside operation,” said the man who said he works as an engineer in the computer industry.

“The cleaning service has amused overseas Anonymous allies as something unique to the Japanese,” said another spokesman. “We want to continue stating our case on the net.”

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Anonymous India to use RTI in fight against Internet censorship

New Delhi: After a spate of attacks on a number of Indian websites and a ground protest event on June 9, that evoked lukewarm response, hactivist group Anonymous Operation India has chosen the Right to Information Act (RTI) as the latest tool in their battle against Internet censorship.

Anonymous India is urging Indian citizens to file RTI applications to seek information regarding the correspondence of public servants with Google, Facebook or other websites on content censorship. Anonymous India says they will collate the information and use it “in even more powerful ways.” But did not venture upon further details.

This phase called ‘Operation RTI Engaged’ is a part of many initiatives planned by the hacker collective in their effort to force the Government of India rethink its Internet censorship strategy.

Full text of Anonymous Operation India’s letter to the citizens of India

ANONYMOUS OPERATION INDIA

PHASE II – OPERATION RTI ENGAGED – #OpRTI

June 12, 2012

Dear Citizens of India,

We are Anonymous. We are engaged in a fight with your government to fight their evil schemes of gaining control of our internet. We will not allow this. We will not allow those who do not understand the internet to mangle our rights in their futile attempts at the impossible. Content on the internet cannot be wiped out for those who want to see it and content on the internet must not be made to fit the idea of agreeable for a few powerful people.

People of India, we have been watching. We have been noting the perversion of freedoms to the point where barriers are increasingly restrictive. The politicians whose websites are primitive for the previous decade are deciding from their ignorant perches how the internet of today must be. Their lack of understanding of how content is shared, spread or accessed on the internet makes their restrictive plans ridiculous for any criminal who actually would want to bypass those restrictions, while they serve to keep the common man ignorant of anything they do not wish them to know.It is time to expose this ignorant intolerance for what it is.

It is time to expose the kinds of blocks on free expression that our leaders have silently constructed and to hold them accountable for their subversive attempts at spreading intolerance and disinformation, while suppressing information that shows themselves in bad light.

It is time for a new phase in Operation India. And in this, we need your help.

It has come to our attention that beyond the draconian laws that let orders be obtained from courts to silence parts of the internet, beyond the anti-freedom IT Rules that allow anyone to censor the internet for any reason, there are people in powerful places sending orders to websites to censor content of their own wish. While our laws are increasingly shaped to silence people, the actions of these people are beyond such unconstitutional laws too. They are not legal requests, but ones made at will using their influence to force compliance.

We will be unraveling all anti-free-speech actions in due time, and the step for now is to file RTI applications for the correspondence of every public servant to obtain all records of communication with Google, Facebook or any other websites with respect to censoring content. This should be done in creative ways to obtain the most information. Ask for all communication to google.com or other creative questions like other email addresses used by a public servant if they do not use their official addresses, which is one way of avoiding them being recorded as documents in their official capacity.

These RTI applications should be filed for any public figure you can think of. After you have filed the RTI, you should inform us about it, so that we can maintain a list to make sure efforts are not duplicated and each effort makes a significant contribution. When you receive the documents from the RTI reply, we will make them public. Stay tuned for the next phase of our operation, which will use these documents in even more powerful ways.

Signed,

Anonymous.

We see it. We are watching.

We are Anonymous.

We are legion.

We do not forgive those who would steal our voice and ears.

We do not forget the betrayals of those who should serve us.

The government should expect us.

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Why no one came to the Anonymous India protest‎

After the John Doe court order that had ISPs shutting down access to sites like Vimeo and The Pirate Bay in India, local netizens reached out to hacktivist group Anonymous to do something about the basic denial of freedom of speech that the order involved. As a result Anonymous built an Indian chapter and took down websites one by one. However, the organization felt that to truly get the point across, they’d have to hold a protest, which they did this past Saturday and Tech2 was at the Mumbai leg of the protest.

But can a protest really work?

More than 2,000 people said that they would come to the protest in Mumbai. However, it was less than even a tenth of that number that actually showed up. It begs the question, why were so many people who knew about the protest not keen to actually show up? I think it has to do with apathy. Apathy that one protest will not really bring back access to sites like Vimeo and The Pirate Bay. Apathy that the government will not actually listen to the people of the country. And furthermore, apathy that the current set of blocking sites didn’t really affect too many people anyway.

Most people in the country don’t even know what the IT Act of 2008 allows the government to do and how a basic constitutionally protected right, freedom of speech, can so easily be taken away. Most people don’t know what Vimeo and The Pirate Bay are. Most people don’t know that The Pirate Bay, despite what the name suggests, contains a lot of genuine content that is up there because the site is a reliable way to share content. And what’s worse is the fact that citizens who are aware of their rights, feel somewhat helpless in the democracy that this country is supposed to be.

I went to Azad Maidan. And what I saw was sad. I saw that the only place that citizens are allowed to raise their voices is a place that is walled off and no passerby can look in to see what is happening. I saw the grounds being used by people to stay there and while the Anonymous protest was going on, what looked like a prayer meeting was going on in another section of the grounds.

And furthermore, it seemed more journalists showed up to cover the event than people actually protesting. Anywhere else in the world, if you want to protest, you are able to protest in a manner where you are visible. You can protest outside the White House, you can protest in the streets of Paris, and you will have visibility. You will not be restricted to a walled off section of barren land. The entrance to the ground was hard to find too. I had first gone to the main, big ground that’s known as Azad Maidan before I found out that there’s a little section opposite the High Court that is walled off and has police patrol. How are we supposed to exercise our right of democracy when the only place that the police will give us permission to raise our voice, silences us by its very location?

Anonymous is a loose body of obviously faceless people. There is no leadership structure. So much so in fact, that I was even wondering how this protest would be structured, if obviously people who are hacktivists don’t want to give themselves away. Keeping that in mind, you have to wonder; how many people will show up to a protest where the leader is wearing a mask and you’re wearing that same mask. Don’t get me wrong, a few supporters did show up and they all had their reasons to, but they didn’t know what the plan was and once they got there, what the point of protesting was. The fact that the organization is structured the way it is, works for their efforts when it comes to DDoS attacks, but maybe not for on the ground action.

Ultimately, the main purpose in Anonymous holding this protest was the attention they would get for the cause. Unfortunately, due to a cold turnout, what is being reported is not that people care about their freedom of speech but quite the contrary.

The other problem that the organization has is that they do not have a long term plan. Of course, at this point, governments are used to protests, so much so that they designate a walled off area to be a protest ground with the logic that they allow people to “feel like” their voice is being heard. So maybe this is my apathy coming out too, but Anonymous is going to have concentrate more on getting people to know what their rights are before asking them to come out on a Saturday and demand them.

 

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The anonymous war to free the Internet

The battle lines are being drawn between advocates of total Internet freedom and those who want restrictions on its use. On the one side is Anonymous, the worldwide group of users who want governments to stop interfering with the Internet. As far as India is concerned, they want a revocation of the ban on free video downloading sites. They have vowed to fight every attempt to control the Internet. So they have set out to register their protest by taking down the pages of government-owned institutions, starting with the MTNL.

On the Internet, where the idea of anarchy is kind of cool (and armchair activism is de rigueur), Anonymous has received a thumbs-up. I have my own misgivings about this kind of proto-anarchist ways of showing dissent and cannot understand what it will achieve. If anything, Anonymous too can be accused of taking matters in their own hands and imposing their will on users. The banning of video download sites came after a stay was filed by movie producers; why not take the battle to them?

The method employed by Wikipedia, which shut down for a day in January last, in protest against the US government’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), was far more effective in getting the point across and forced Senators and Congressmen to do a rethink on the bill. Yet, I find myself rooting for the cause Anonymous has taken up.

A bigger worry than any government action is the recent tendency of private parties to curb the Internet. Let us not forget that the Indian government was spurred into action by a case filed by a lawyer on behalf of some religious and community organisations demanding that content be censored.

And now comes the PIL of ex-BJP leader K.N. Govindacharya who runs something called the Rashtriya Samman Andolan (National Pride Crusade). His is an omnibus plaint demanding inter alia that Facebook and others be made to pay tax and also that government employees not be allowed to use Facebook from the office since that could result in compromising national security.

He also wants that users be “registered” and that these companies be penalised for allowing non-authenticated user accounts. The current online registration forms ask for name, address, email and sometimes the telephone number. His petition says that around five-six per cent of users have given fake addresses and they could be up to all kinds of mischief. He has not spelt out exactly what would be the best way to do a KYC (Know Your Customer) check — a police certificate and a letter from the local MP, along with tax returns for the last three years?

This case has gone largely unnoticed and got very little media play. The normally hyperventilating television channels have ignored it and there is hardly any debate online. To my mind, some of what is being demanded is as dangerous, if not more, than the government’s proposals to pre-screen content. This is about pre-screening the user and is an insidious way to keep a check on people.

Barring government servants from using Facebook at work is a simple security precaution of the kind several companies take; it irritates employees, but they have no option but to lump it. This does not require a PIL; any senior officer can impose this diktat. As for collecting taxes from Facebook and others, the law of the land must be applied; if they break it, they must be penalised, but otherwise left alone to do their business. One wonders what the real purpose of this petition is.

The Internet is a microcosm of the world. All sorts of people inhabit it. Content on the Internet ranges from the useful to the frivolous, from the inane to the important. The Internet entertains, informs, educates. It follows that there could be people with sinister intent with social media accounts, just as there are in the real world. But surely they are in a minority; why make everyone prove their innocence for the sake of a few mischievous or even evil people?

The anonymity offered by the Internet lulls several users into expressing themselves in a manner they wouldn’t do openly. As a writer, I often get comments on my pieces on Twitter and on the websites where my articles appear. Some praise, many condemn and a minority abuse. Some comments are downright malicious and slanderous. More often than not, those who write those comments hide behind pseudonyms. If I really wanted to, I could complain to the site or even the police, both of whom have the means to track down the mischief-makers. But I have found a good solution — ignore them.

Sure the nasty comments can hurt, but by ignoring them, you take the sting out. No doubt the person who wrote the stuff was hoping for an argument that would allow him to abuse a bit more and when s/he is ignored s/he feels disappointed. That is the best revenge.

The manner in which governments and self-proclaimed guardians of society try and curb the Internet and social media shows that they just haven’t understood the medium. They continue to think in the old way: if you can’t understand something and it looks big and menacing, find ways to control it or, better, just ban it. Mr Govindacharya’s PIL displays that kind of mindset, which wants greater control on human behaviour rather than allowing more freedom.

No one wants trouble-makers of any kind let loose on society, but sometimes that is the price one pays for liberty. These fault lines have always existed, but the Internet, because of its sheer size and reach, has scaled up the issue. The free-flowing culture it has engendered faces many threats — from governments, from corporations and from those who cannot come to terms with a changing world. These threats must be resisted. Which is why, initiatives like the Anonymous action will get wide support, because Internet users know what is at stake.

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Anonymous protests hit 18 Indian cities‎

Loosely organised international hacker group Anonymous on Saturday organised demonstrations in 18 Indian cities to protest Internet censorship.

People thronged to protest sites such as the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi raised slogans to spread awareness about the Indian government’s advances towards censoring the web.

The Indian arm of Anonymous had sent out the call for the demonstrations following a Chennai court’s order to Indian Internet providers to block access to a number of file-sharing websites.

Holding banners and raised slogans like, “Raise your voice, save your voice”, internet users protested at a number of public places across India.

The venue of the Delhi protests, initially planned at India Gate, had to be shifted to Jantar Mantar after Delhi Police denied permission to the organisers.

Apart from Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Cochin, Calicut, Nagpur, Pune, hosted the protests Anonymous said.

Demonstrations were also held in Chennai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Mysore, Manipal and Coimbatore, the group’s blog showed.

Anonymous’ India chapter had earlier defaced a number of websites of the Indian government and internet service providers (ISPs) after they blocked several file and link sharing sites.

The group’s blog and Facebook page, announcing protests in key Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, drew steady support from Internet users.

Taking cues from the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests in the U.S., the demonstrations in the Indian cities called for public gatherings in key urban locations.

The planned Occupy-style protests called on Internet users to throng to the protest venues wearing Guy Fawkes masks, a symbol widely used by the hacktivist group.

“Internet is the only free media we have. Censoring it will mean that free speech is not possible any more,” a member of Anonymous was quoted as saying.

If the curbs on the websites, enforced by ISPs at the behest of the government and certain courts, are not lifted, there will be more attacks on government sites, the group warned.

The Indian arm of Anonymous coordinates with its followers in mainly through its Posterous blog at http://opindia.posterous.com/ and its Twitter account @opindia_revenge.

The group has been a vocal critic of a recent clampdown on websites such as Pastebin, Vimeo and DailyMotion, by ISPs such as Airtel and Reliance.

India has 100 million Internet users, less than a tenth of the country’s population of 1.2 billion, but still the third largest user base behind China and the United States.

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Anonymous to protest internet censoring in 16 Indian cities, threaten to bring down government websites

BANGALORE: With a gimmick and a threat to overwhelm government web sites, internet activist group Anonymous is promising to make Saturday a day of protest against stateimposed restrictions on cyber space. Alongside online activism, Anonymous will come out from behind the safety of their computer screens and ‘occupy’ – still anonymous and behind Guy Fawkes masks – known landmarks across 16 Indian cities. To warn against censoring the internet, the group has threatened to bring down government websites on the same day. How big the turnout will be is still unclear, but the Facebook page where mobilisation has been taking place has 6,000 members. Guy Fawkes is famous in English history for the 1605 Gunpowder Plot that sought to blow up Westminster Palace in an act of defiance and revolution. The mask was made famous by the popular 2006 movie, V for Vendetta, and has since then been used in protests worldwide, including in Occupy Wall Street. “We choose the government so that we have our rights and freedom but this lame government is stealing our freedom of speech and expression,” an Anon, or a member of the AnonyHow big the turnout will be is still unclear, but the Facebook page where mobilisation has been taking place has 6,000 members. Guy Fawkes is famous in English history for the 1605 Gunpowder Plot that sought to blow up Westminster Palace in an act of defiance and revolution. The mask was made famous by the popular 2006 movie, V for Vendetta, and has since then been used in protests worldwide, including in Occupy Wall Street. “We choose the government so that we have our rights and freedom but this lame government is stealing our freedom of speech and expression,” an Anon, or a member of the Anonymous, told ETover an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel, an online forum that the group uses for organising and mobilising. Government censorship is a “serious declaration of war from yourself, the Indian government, to us, Anonymous, the people”, Anonymous said in an open letter on Thursday. The peaceful protest, venues for which have been decided, will start with a pre-recorded message that lays out the contours of the movement, followed by rhythmic chanting of the group’s slogan, “We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us!” No Confrontation With Police Specific instructions warn protesters to avoid confrontation with police and to not litter streets with banners, after the event is over. Anonymous shot to fame globally a year ago when they brought down the websites of Visa, MasterCard and PayPal for their refusal to allow users to donate to WikiLeaks, an online initiative that seeks to make public, classified information protected by governments and corporations. The group surfaced in India a few weeks ago, when the government asked internet service providers to block file-sharing sites. Anonymous responded by taking down the websites of Supreme Court and the Congress party, and others including that of India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Typically, this is done through a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack – where a group of users flood the target website with multiple requests simultaneously. Such attacks make the sites temporarily unavailable but do not damage any data. Anonymous considers attacks to be similar to traditional form of non-violent protests, much like a dharna or sit-in and does not think it violates any laws. “We are not causing harm to humans. We are instead helping people by taking down intellectual property of the government,” an Anonymous activist countered. Even if one of them gets caught it is not a danger to the group because members do not even know each others identity, he added. “I think they will ignore us,” a member of the group said. If that happens, then they plan to escalate the attacks to actually damaging the websites. “Erasing their (government’s) websites and nuking – a technical term of damaging the website completely – will be the only option.” Sunil Abraham, director at the Center for Internet and Society, said that that could potentially get Anonymous into trouble with the law. However, another senior executive closely associated with the government cyber security apparatus told ET on condition of anonymity that vigilantes like Anonymous help in putting checks and balances and to bring things to public’s attention.

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Anonymous and India: 5 recent hacks‎

I
ncidents that occurred through the past year have markedly changed the way in which we have been perceiving the Internet, all this while. Those of us who thought of it as a place to ink down our thoughts, be it happy, sad or even a platform to vent out anger, were made to think otherwise. Hacking, which was once a foreign word, extending concerns against threat from other nations or malicious minds trying to steal some critical information government/military info or making malicious ways to make money online by targeting leading companies. 2012 dawned and we received another blow as we got ourselves, for the first time, acquainted to the phenomenon of blocking of websites. Soon enough, hacktivists had no choice, but to turn their attention to the ongoing scene, in a bid to combat those who are trying to restrict/limit our freedom on the Internet. Here are the 5 most recent hacks by Anonymous to protest against Internet censorship.

Reliance Communications
The year 2012 brought in a wave of combat against ISPs who have been blocking file hosting websites and Reliance Communications was hit with the first blow. Reliance Entertainment had acquired John Doe orders for its films, which had prompted many ISPs to block file hosting sites. A John Doe order means a court order, which is against a party whose true identity is not known. Websites, like The Pirate Bay and Vimeo (we wonder why?) were blocked, which left many perturbed. A hacker, who called himself Isac and his friend hackthis29 were irked by this move and attacked the major Internet service provider, Reliance. He claimed to have hacked Reliance’s ‘very very vulnerable’ netsweeper panel in about 5 minutes. Reliance passed the order last month for its upcoming film, and is believed to have acquired such John Doe orders earlier, too.

Supreme Court

It was around the mid of last month when ISPs starting blocking sites, like Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and many others, as per orders by the DoT. It was not only Reliance, who had acquired the John Doe order, but also Copyright Labs, a Chennai based firm, who had acquired these orders for movies – Dhammu and 3. This miffed the keepers of global Internet freedom, Anonymous, and the Supreme Court and Congress websites ended up being victims of a hack. Websites, like http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in, dot.gov.in and aicc.org.in were rendered inaccessible. The attacks were carried out by OpIndia (Operations in India) and they, in a series of tweets revealed on micro-blogging site, Twitter that – “#Government must understand. #INTERNET belongs to us! #TANGODOWN –> http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in & http://aicc.org.in”, and in another tweet stated – “@Anon_Central Another #TANGODOWN –>> http://www.dot.gov.in Department of telecom, You should’ve expected us! ~ #opindia.”

MTNL
As ISPs continue to block websites, Anonymous seems to be in no mood to spare anyone. The next in our list and the most recent target by Anonymous is MTNL. The MTNL website was taken down by the hacktivist group yesterday. Although MTNL’s Internet services weren’t affected, the MTNL website (mtnl.net/in) was rendered inaccessible. The site serves as a gateway for a number of services for MTNL, which include bill payment and schemes on their services. Anonymous hasn’t damaged any data on site, except for the main home page from the look of things. So, it’s clear, that it is just a protest against Internet censorship. MTNL is one of the ISPs that’s been blocking torrent and other file sharing sites.

Andhra Pradesh Power Development Company
Last year, unidentified hackers attempted to break into different websites of the Andhra Pradesh government, even as a security audit was being conducted at the State Data Centre. This time, however, it was the Andhra Pradesh Power Development company’s site that was under attack, not by some unidentified name, but Anonymous. The reason for the previous attacks may have been unclear, but Anonymous was quite clear, and did leave a message behind. The URL to the website would route users to another site that was defaced with the famous Anonymous messages – “We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. You should have expected us!” So, if the government plans to block other websites, Anonymous shows its protest by hacking government websites.

BJP Website
Even by the end of the last month, ISPs continued to block websites and Anonymous, this time targeted a political party. It defaced the website of one of the most prominent parties of the nation. The BJP website was reportedly hacked for not protesting against their opposition party, Congress on the topic of Internet censorship. On their Twitter account (‏@opindia_back), the hacktivist group made this public in a series of tweets; some reading – “Young guns of #India —> We owned http://mumbaibjp.org/anonymous.html to display a message to you all. So kindly read it. #opindia”, among others in succession. Further posts on Twitter that serve as a probable explanation to the hacks, read – “BJP are the opposition they should have f****n stopped this or should have organised a protest they didn’t do any.”

Moreover Anonymous, on its Facebook page has asked users to vote for either of the two ISPs – Reliance and Airtel. The group have asked their Facebook followers to Like the post, if they are in favour of Reliance’s website/services being hacked or Share the post if their choice is Airtel.

Image Credit: Getty Images

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