Users connected to the web through the network provided by Reliance
Communications (RCom) could not access popular websites like
Twitter and Facebook on Saturday morning after hackers allegedly
belonging to a group called Anonymous hacked the company’s
servers. When users typed www.twitter.com or www.facebook.com in the
browser they were redirected to a page put up by the hackers
that warned Indian government and internet service providers
"not to mess with free speech and lesser with Anonymous
On Friday, the hackers had released a list of websites and web links
that were allegedly blocked on RCom network even though there was
no legal mandate to do so. We are investigating the matter and
taking appropriate actions, a spokesperson of RCom told TOI.
Anonymous, a loosely-knit hacker collective, has been in the news for the
last two years for high-profile attacks on government websites across the
world to protest what it perceives as web censorship. In the message to web
users, the hackers said, "People We for 1 entire week attacked
government websites, run by your money and no one in your government cared,
then we decided to hit the Rich guys in the entertainment and IPL and
Reliance and your government sprang into action. Shame on this government.
Last week the Anonymous hackers had attacked tens of
Indian government websites, including the Supreme Court website, when
several ISPs in the country blocked some file-sharing websites after an order
against piracy by Madras High Court. These hackers were using a Twitter handle
(opindia_revenge) to communicate with the world.
However, after some time the account was suspended. The hackers said that
Twitter suspended the account after a request from the Indian government.We
tried to do a slow, non violent protest and government decided to cover
out mouths we will not sit idle while our freedom is take away.
When we started to speak truth, the government of India forced our online
twitter account @Opindia_revenge to be suspended, noted the message
We give you 24Hours at maximum to give our twitter account back and apologize…
Give @OpIndia_Revenge BACK, the hackers said in the message. Now, they
are allegedly using @Opindia_back on Twitter.On Friday, the hackers had
helda virtual press conference in an internet relay chat room. Apart
from releasing the block list allegedly maintained by RCom, they also
called people to protest against web censorship in the real world on June 9 by wearing
Guy Fawkes masks.