After almost an year of not being active, it seems like Anonymous’s opIndia has 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. While there weren’t any notices on these websites indicating the hack, we weren’t able to access these websites at the time of writing this article.
According to tweets from the @opindia_revenge account (which was retweeted by the official Twitter account of Anonymous), the hacktivists have taken down http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in and http://aicc.org.in and intends to take down the website of Department of Telecommunication (http://dot.gov.in) and of the Chennai-based Copyright Labs (http://www.copyrightlabs.in) which had issued the John Doe order to various ISPs to block Vimeo, DailyMotion and all major torrent sites in the country to prevent the piracy of their tamil films Dammu and 3.
In June 2011, Anonymous had hacked the website of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) on account of Delhi Police’s action against Baba Ramdev’s anti corruption campaign. They had also announced their plans on Twitter and Facebook and invited participants for its Operation India Against Corruption. The group had also hacked the Indian Army’s website and taken down the Indian Army website for an hour. However, a week later, Anonymous India’s Twitter account and the Facebook account were suspended and all the information from its YouTube account including the group’s video press release was removed.
Issues with Anonymous
We feel, its very difficult to judge whether the actions of Anonymous hacktivists are right or wrong. While on one side we agree with the concept of Internet freedom and raise the issue whenever governments and organizations try to take control over what we can access and what we shouldn’t, we do not endorse Anonymous’s acts of digital violence against any government agency or a private company, since it might offer more leverage to Department of IT and the Indian government, to push the draconian Internet Control Rules, announced last year.