After accusing Reliance (Communications) of going beyond the mandate given to it by courts and the government and blocking sites without authorization, hacker group Anonymous Operation India(AnonOps India), has apparently hacked into Reliance servers and are redirecting users who’re trying to access websites including Twitter, to a page on which they ask the Indian Government to re-enable the group’s suspended Twitter ID, giving it a 24 hour deadline, in addition to addressing the Indian people, opposition and the media. This was first reported by ZDNet and White Code, however, we also confirm being redirected to a similar page while trying to access Twitter.com via a Reliance 3G connection in Delhi.
Here’s a screenshot:
Through their new twitter account, opindia_back, Anonymous earlier tweeted that it had hacked 35 web sites and the Reliance network, to protest the suspension of its twitter account – @OpIndia_Revenge. We’re a bit surprised as to why Anonymous, which mostly protests through Distributed Denial of Service by attacking traffic, is hacking sites and making them inaccessible to end-users. Earlier, Anonymous’s opIndia had taken down the Indian Supreme Court’s website and the official website of the All India Congress Committee, in its response to Internet censorship in India through DDoS attacks.
Although, hacking is a sure-shot way to attract Reliance’s attention, it might end up sending the wrong message to Government agencies, and do more harm than good. Also, the motive of the revenge being centred around the suspension of their twitter i.d, in a way detracts from their original goal of fighting censorship at a broader level.
AnonOps India has also planned a protest for June 9th 2012, asking citizens to protest these blocks by wearing a mask.
The exact text from the page:
Told you not to mess with free speech and lesser with Anonymous
Government of India, you know what you did wrong. you caused out twitter account to be blocked now we will show you what anonymous is capable of doing.
We give you 24Hours at maximum to give our twitter account back and apologize
Give @OpIndia_Revenge BACK
We will unleash hell and shiver on you
Greeting government of India, you were bad really bad. One of the worst governments the world has. Yet we tried our best not to go too tough on you, and then you decided to cross over us, bad guys bad idea.
We tried to do a slow, non violent protest and government decided to cover out mouths we will not sit idle while our freedom is take away. We will continue our non-violent protest and guess what you will never beat us, ever.
When we started to speak truth, the government of India forced our online twitter account @Opindia_revenge to be suspended.
People We for 1 entire week attacked government websites, run by your money and no one in your government cared, then we decided to hit the Rich guys in the entertainment and IPL and Reliance and your government sprang into action. Shame on this government. It is time you people realized that this government don’t care about you. If we had attacked what belong to you they wont have minded. But if at all the smallest scratch appears on the rich and elite they are up and ready to act. Time you throw away these puppets of the rich and replace it with a new system that respect the constitution.Here is a list of all sites block by the governement and reliances Injustice !!
Don’t get ready to jump up and down and make a big show, because we know you are worse that what the word worse can explain. You and the ruling parties share profits in every corruption and then play a drama to fool the people. People realize that they are nothing but the ruling party itself just making mockery of every system that is in place and the people who voted them to power. you guys have no right to act as saviors of people.
You are meant to be the 4th estate of democracy. The supporters and guardians of people and their rights but you have failed and we don’t tolerate the kind of actions you are taking now. plotting with the government that is trying to abuse its own people and help corporations steal and befit from the weakness of your people. Media you cover us or not we will do what it takes to fight for peoples rights something you guys are scared to shit to attempt. If you can then show us you are not advertisement sucking leaches and tools of the government to enslave the people. We may have expected the US media to behave this way but not you guys who talked about not being influenced by anyone. EXPECT US
We are Anonymous
We are a Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect Us.. You should have.
Twitter => @OpIndia_back
– Anonymous India Releases Reliance’s Site Block List; Calls For On-Ground Protest On June 9th 2012
– Anonymous Takes Down Websites Of Indian Supreme Court & AICC #IndiaBlocks