Earlier in the day we posted a story, regarding a Madras High Court ruling which ordered ISPs to block numerous torrent sites and video service VIMEO. BGR India had learnt that the complaint was filed by Chennai based Copyright Labs. Now comes the news that hacker group Anonymous is not taking it lightly and has started taking down government websites in response to this censorship of content on the web. Anonymous announced this via Twitter. In particular, Anonymous claims to have taken down http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in and http://aicc.org.in. We tried accessing these sites and they refused to open. Also Read - Almost 60 percent of internet users in India fell prey to hacking in the last 1 year: ReportAlso Read - Beware! SHAREit app can be used to hack your phone, delete it now
As Anonymous raises havoc on Indian Government websites, there is a debate going on in Rajya Sabha as we speak. The opposition brought a motion in Rajya Sabha for annulment of government rules aimed at regulating internet content. The motion, moved by P Rajeeve of the CPI-M demanded that the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 violate the freedom of speech and expression. Also Read - Google RCS Messaging: Android text messaging service allows hackers to take full control of user accounts
He said the rules should be done away with and noted that Parliament had powers to intervene in matters of subordinate legislations like this and asked the government to bring the required amendments instead of bringing such rules.
Even the leader of the opposition, Arun Jaitley lauded this motion and urged the IT minister that it would be very difficult to defy technology and the day of limiting information had long gone. He further advised the minister to reconsider the language of restraints.
The IT rules of 2011 say that websites cannot host information that is a grossly harmful, harassing, blasphemous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, paedophilic, libellous, invasive of privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically objectionable, disparaging, relating or encouraging money laundering or gambling, or otherwise unlawful in any manner whatever, harm minors or infringes any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary right.”
In the meanwhile, Anonymous took to twitter to say that it would attack Copyrightlabs.in as well. You can check the string of tweets Anonymous has sent out below.