Anonymous Hackers Target Indian Government Sites

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Members of Anonymous recently attacked several Indian government Web sites in response to a new national Internet censorship plan. "Namaste #India, your time has come to trash the current government and install a new one. Good luck. | #SaveTPB #Anonymous #Censorship," the group tweeted today.

"Hackers have since targeted the websites of the Indian Supreme Court, the All India Congress Committee, Copyrightlabs.in, the country's Department of Telecommunications, the Ministry of Information Technology, and the Jammu & Kashmir Police, according to @Anon_Central," writes PCMag.com's Chloe Albanesius.

"This comes after torrent sites like The Pirate Bay and Vimeo have been blocked by most of the Indian Internet Service Providers (ISP) on government request," IBNLive reports. "ISPs like BSNL, MTNL, Airtel and others have all blocked the sites, reportedly in response to an order from the Department of Telecom (DoT)."

"The temporary restraining order [PDF file] was issued by The High Court of Judicature at Madras in response to a lawsuit by the Chennai, India based company Copyrightlabs (whose site appears to have been taken down for maintenance) over the sharing of the movie '3' online," writes Ars Technica's Sean Gallagher. "It orders ISPs to stop sharing of the film 'by copying, recording, reproducing, camcording or communicating, or allowing others to to communicate' the contents of the film in any form."

"Rajya Sabha (India’s Upper House) member Rajeev Chandrasekhar sent a letter [PDF file] to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing opposition over India’s recent attempt to control the Internet through a United Nations committee, writing 'Any attempt to expand government’s power over the Internet should be turned back,'" writes Death and Taxes' DJ Pangburn.

"Anonymous has a history of denouncing governments that wish to control the Internet, while India has a record of censoring websites," notes Mobiledia's Kendra Srivastava. "The two interests are now clashing for the second, but likely not the last, time."