Anonymous Hackers group brought down the website of state-owned BSNL, the largest telecommunication company of the country yesterday.
The hacking was carried out by the hacktivist group, Anonymous India, as a protest against section 66 A of the IT Act.
The group also said that it hacked the website in support of activists Aseem Trivedi and Alok Dixit, who are on a hunger strike to protest Section 66A of the IT Act.
The Twitter account of Anonymous India (@opindia_revenge) said, "BSNL Websites hacked, passwords and database leaked http://pastebin.com/wjtiyvx4 Anonymous India demands withdrawal of Sec 66A of IT Act."
The website was taken down in the afternoon and images of Aseem Trivedi were posted on the home page. A text message of "Hacked by Anonymous India.
Support Aseem trivedi (cartoonist) and alok dixit on the hunger strike. Remove IT Act 66a databases of all 250 bsnl site has been d Hacked by Anonymous India (sic)" was displayed.
R K Upadhyay, BSNL Chairman and Managing Director told "Our website has been hacked and our people are working on it." However, the Website 'www.bsnl.co.in' was quickly restored.
Officials related to the probe said that the passwords like “password 123” and “enquiry 999” are easy targets for the professional hackers.
Trivedi said that he had received one call from Anonymous at 1.30 in the afternoon informing him that the BSNL website has been defaced.
Trivedi and Dixit are on a hunger strike for the last six days in protest against Sec 66A of IT Act.
Two girls were arrested in Palghar, Maharashtra for commenting on Facebook about the bandh, the complainant ‘used’ section 66 A of the IT Act.
Anonymous had explained on alternate media website Kafila in June that they only carried out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Indian government websites.
Reliance Communications servers were hacked by Anonymous India in May 2012.