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Do you support the Anonymous hactivists?
Well, for those of you who don’t know about anonymous, ‘Anonymous‘ is a loosely associated hacktivist group that originated in 2003 on the image board 4chan, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain. It is also generally considered to be a blanket term for members of certain Internet subcultures, a way to refer to the actions of people in an environment where their actual identities are not known.
Members of the internet hacking group Anonymous have been staging protests across 16 cities in India, against what they say is internet censorship in the country. Mumbai’s Azad Maidan sports ground is often packed with children playing cricket, but the bowlers and batsmen were joined on Saturday by a sea of Guy Fawkes masks.
The costumes are a hallmark of the internet “hacktivist” group Anonymous which organised a series of protests in Indian cities, including Mumbai. “We are protesting arbitrary, extra-judicial censorship, where not even the government knows – or cares – who controls what,” said @anamikanon from Anonymous on the group’s Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
Anonymous also claimed to have taken down the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) website through a distributed denial of service ( DDoS) attack a few weeks back. In the case of http:// mtnl.net.in/, the attack was announced on Anonymous’ blog: “We are against internet censorship. Instead of blocking few URLs, the ISP blocked the whole domain of various file-sharing websites. The HC and DoT didn’t issue any list of websites to be blocked, still ISP supported internet censorship.
The group started attacking official and corporate websites to protest what it called ‘censorship‘ of the internet that snowballed after a Madras HC ‘John Doe’ order. Though the bans were partially lifted after protests, websites like Pastebin and torrent sites are still inaccessible.
So do you support Anonymous when it comes to internet censorship? Let me know by leaving a comment below.