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Anonymous Defaces Yuvadesh.com; Back Online

Hacker group Anonymous Operation India (AnonOps India), defaced the online magazine of the Indian Youth Congress — Yuvadesh.com, reports DNA. The group voiced its support for India Against Corruption and protests against alleged internet censorship by the Indian government, on Twitter, following the attack. 

 

However, the website was restored within a few hours. The group also released a statement stating that any activity against corruption will gain their support as long as it does not have any political colour to it.

This comes after police denied members of IAC (Team Anna) the permission for a Dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. For the same Anonymous OpIndia seems to have started the #OccupyIndia campaign where it has asked Indians to join the non-cooperation, Civil disobedience, Non-Violent movement in protest against the government. The hacker group has suggested ways to protest, locations to carry out the protest, and safety measures on its #OccupyIndia plan of action page.

We believe that the hacker group had rather stayed quiet as it seemed to have taken a different approach of late, which is more focused on making information public, instead of taking down sites (Read: Takedowns can be counterproductive). With the Yuvadesh.com’s defacement, Anonymous OpIndia seems to have gotten back to its penchant for taking down websites.

Earlier, Anonymous Operation India defaced the official websites of Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation LimitedAll Indian Trinamool Congress (AITMC) and several websites related to the Mizoram government including the Mizoram Police website, Social Welfare website, Agriculture (Research & Education) Ministry, Mizoram Food And Allied Industries Corporation and many more. It had also 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. It had also hacked into Reliance servers and were redirecting users who were trying to access websites including Twitter, to a page on which they had given a 24 hour deadline to the Indian Government to re-enable the group’s suspended Twitter account.

On June 9, 2012 Anonymous OpIndia also conducted a nationwide on-ground protest  across 18 cities in India including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, among others, asking citizens to protest these blocks by wearing a mask and offering materials like banners and flyers for the protest (Check out: What happened where).

Also read

Anonymous India To File RTIs Seeking Information Against Internet Censorship
Anonymous India’s Takedowns Could Be Counterproductive

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