BSNL’s website has been hacked by members of a hacker group identifying itself as Hell Shield Hackers. However, it does not look like the hackers were able to hijack the entire domain, instead managing to get into BSNL’s Regional Telecom Training Centre Jaipur subdomain.

The hackers named PsyCh0T!C_Ov3RL04D HSH and Th3 Laz4RU5 claim to have deleted all data on the website they had access to. We are not sure if this includes user data from other Regional Telecom Training Centres. However, it’s likely that the centres have their own user backup records etc., and the hack will likely not affect their day to day operations. More importantly, the hackers have not released any data which either means the data was encrypted making it unreadable, or they aren’t willing to reveal it. There is also the chance that they never got any good data in their hands altogether.

The hackers claim to fight for privacy issues. These include the launch of CMS NETRA, the use of DigiLockers, net neutrality and some other political issues. The tipping point for the hack to happen however, seems to be the porn ban “Even More Strongest Reason is Porn Ban ! You May Ban Porn Sites But Some Things Not Right !”, they said. The porn block has caused some non pornographical content to be banned as well, an issue the hackers note as well.

Porn ban in India: Most of the popular porn domains were banned in India starting Monday this week, with most users receiving little more than a blank page on the blocked websites on certain ISPs. Following the outrage, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) forwarded a letter written to it by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to Internet Service Providers stating that “The intermediaries are free not to disable any of the 857 URLs which do not have child pornography.”

Following this, the ISP Association of India sent a letter to the Indian government saying that the wording of the letter was vague and un-implementable. While the ISPAI said that it is “totally against Online Child Pornography as well as Abuse on Women”, it would continue to block the 857 URLs because it did not have any control over the content on those websites, given that the “content owner can change the content any moment without any information to ISPs”, and that the ISPs have no mechanism to check the content.

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