BSNL Site Hacked By Anonymous While India Marks ‘Digital India Week’

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6:16 pm 4 Jul, 2015

The website of the State-owned BSNL was hacked into on Saturday by the Anonymous group. The hacktivists targeted the telecom giant for releasing passwords of millions of users publically on the site, which, they alleged, could be used by Chinese hackers.


The hackers, AnonOpsIndia, describe themselves on Twitter as “Let’s fight for our rights, free speech & privacy | Destabilize the corrupt | #Freedom #AntiCensorship #OpIndia #Anonymous #Hacktivists”.


The incident comes while the Government of India is marking the Digital India Week. A conference was held on July 1, 2015. Anonymous mocked at the campaign while posting a message on the BSNL site asking the admin to patch up the portal.

“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.”

They listed 7 ‘demands’ prominent of which are action against I&B Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for “challenging the privacy of citizens of India” and action against TRAI for releasing email IDs of those who responded to TRAI’s questionnaire on net neutrality.

A serious allegation is against Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). The hacktivist group alleged that Reliance is sending uncrypted data to China via their Jio Chat app.


The group published a series of tweets on the hack and why they did so, while highlighting that BSNL was not even aware of the hack for at least 24 hours.  




At the time of writing this piece, the BSNL website is back in service.


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