Members of Anonymous recently defaced two Web sites belonging to India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“They announced on their new Twitter account @opindia_back that they had hacked www.mumbaibjp.org and www.bjpmp.org.in, websites belonging to BJP,” writes International Business Times’ Manoj Kumar. “Meanwhile, the group is also trying to expand its base and popularity in India. It has asked the netizens to hold a protest across India on June 9 against online censorship.”
“Anonymous started attacking websites belonging to government agencies and companies like Reliance Communications last week after Internet service providers blocked several Web sites in the country on the basis of an order by Madras high court,” writes The Times of India’s Javed Anwer. “Anonymous says the blocking of Web sites is illegal and suppression of freedom of speech. On Friday it held a virtual ‘press conference’ and released a list of Web sites that were allegedly blocked on the internet service provided by Reliance Communications even though there was no legal requirement for the ISP to do so.”
“The latest attack has sparked a debate on on [Anonymous’] Twitter feed as to why they hacked the BJP website,” Firstpost reports. “According to … Anonymous, they did it because, as the opposition, the BJP should have stood up against the Web censorship. But many on Twitter were asking the logic of attacking the opposition and whether it would actually be effective when [it’s] the Congress and the UPA gov’t that [are] crying hoarse against social media freedoms.”