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The BSNL’s Telecommunications Journal website has been hacked by AnonOpsIndia.
The Indian arm of the Anonymous hacktivist collective today hacked the Indian telecommunications company and government owned BSNL’s journal website. The hacking has been done to protest against the government of India’s alleged surveillance programs during the launch of Digital India campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Anonymous announced the hacking on Twitter.
#BSNL Hacked Message to government of Indiahttps://t.co/sUGuQ1qEnwhttps://t.co/0HSOsaknyD#Anonymous #AnonOpsIndia pic.twitter.com/dHwADaLfAj
— AnonOpsIndia (@opindia_revenge) July 3, 2015
The defaced page seen here states that, “You have stored passwords in plain text. Shame! Is this your #DigitalIndia? We also have access to all BSNL databases now. No data on the server was tampered though. But we have taken a copy of all your databases. Patch up before the Chinese get their hands on this. It’s a goldmine.”
The message on the defaced page also warns the security team and webmaster of BSNL website to patch the website.
The Anonymous India has put forward a list of demands on the hacked page.
Message to Government of India:
1) Demand government to take action against RS Prasad for openly challenging privacy of the citizens of India.
2) Demand government to take action against TRAI for their stupidity of releasing million Email IDs, helping spammers & violating your very own IT laws.
3) Demand government to take action against Reliance sending unencrypted data to China via their Jio Chat app.
4) Demand government (RS Prasad) to stop moving towards a licensing regime. We are watching your every move on net neutrality.
5) Demand government to shut down all surveillance projects like CMS & RS Prasad’s interception of phone calls before it is too late. Also release all details in public of whose phone calls have been tapped & are under surveillance.
6) Demand government (DoT) to unblock all websites & put an end to internet censorship.
7) Demand government to take action against NIC for trying to change history. Wikipedia is not your medium to promote lies & propagandas.
The group has also asked the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, “to stop moving towards a licensing regime”.
30 million records
The group also claims that it has managed to get access to over “30 million records” from BSNL database. It says the records could be “bill summary, payment details or account details.”
In a response to a query it said, “It’s a mess. Lot of data. Can’t even analyze it. The dump is so huge.”
Payment details too. Bank details, account numbers too somewhere. Can't remember where. It's a huge mess of data! https://t.co/knSrVfi1pb
— AnonOpsIndia (@opindia_revenge) July 4, 2015
The BSNL security team doesnt seem to be aware of the hacking of its site.