Hackers hit cyber security agency's site


Mihir Patkar


Online hacker group Anonymous continued its protest against internet censorship for a third day on Saturday, taking down the website of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

Operational since 2004, CERT-In is the national nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents as and when they occur. The website () was still down till reports last came in.

"We aren't harming the websites or changing their content. This is a silent protest," said Anonymous told TOI.

The international hacktivist group launched 'Operation India' on Thursday, taking down the websites of the Supreme Court of India, DoT, MIT, AICC, BJP, and Copyrights Labs. Continuing on Saturday, it attacked the online portal of Reliance Big Entertainment (RBE) because it obtained a John Doe order to prevent access to sites such as file-sharing portal The Pirate Bay, video-sharing service Vimeo, and more. The hackers have previously attacked websites of the US department of justice, US Copyrights Office, Sony PlayStation Network and FBI and the Egyptian government.

Anonymous also disowned a separate attack on the Indian Army Website, called Operation Kashmir, telling TOI: "We are not involved in attacking the website of the Indian National Army. We believe a country's defence organizations should be left alone."

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