Hacker group Anonymous (or a group claiming to be part of Anonymous) defaced two websites under the National Informatics Center domain.
The past few weeks have seen a political outcry in India with a spiritual leader and a social activist tag teaming the Indian government against corruption. What followed was classic display of how politics is played in India. Hunger strikes, baton charges, name calling, name maligning, we witnessed all of it; the media had their hands full. In the midst of the political drama, a hacker group claiming to be Anonymous defaced two websites as part of an effort called Operation India to support the spiritual leader and the social activist. The first hack happened on June 6th where informatics.nic.in (the website is currently down for maintenance) was defaced with the following message:
.We exist without nationality.. We exist with humanity .NIC took 3 ins, .This time we talk to the government – On NIC Homepage and Sub-Domains. .There is no use securing. There is no use of spending on forensic. .Get this message clear Mr. Prime Minister and others. .We do not like to talk much and Yes! IT is our world. .Expect us.
A press release was issued by the group:
On the 9th of June, the official website of the Indian army (indianarmy.nic.in) was attacked as reported by The Hacker News. While many are fans of Anonymous & LulzSec, citizens of India were not pleased with the attack against the army's website. Indians expressed their displeasure on Operation India's Facebook page & on twitter. The group behind Operation India decided to restore the Indian Army's website and said they won't be going after the government websites. As noticed by The Next Web, Operation India's Facebook and twitter accounts were deleted. (It is unclear if Twitter and Facebook were involved since both @LulzSec and @AnonyOps are active.)
According to a message posted on PasteBin on June 12th, Anonymous alleges that the people behind the attacks on the government website were not part of Anonymous but were misusing the name & platform of Anonymous. An excerpt from the message:
It has come to our notice that some of the Indian hackers and there groups are taking the undue advantage of the situation and the name and platform of Anonymous. [...]
You targeted organizations and other Indian Government properties to settle your own issues and you used the name Anonymous for personal benefits. By doing all this activities, you have not only hampered the image of Anonymous but you all are responsible for the damage caused to #OpIndia.
The fight against corruption is an ongoing effort and defacing the Indian army's website will achieve nothing since the army does not influence the government.