Agitation for internet freedom claimed its first cyber victim in Andhra Pradesh, when Anonymous, a coalition of hacktivists, hacked the website of AP Power Generation Corporation Limited and added a page to it. The hacked website continued to host the additional page at ‘www.apgenco.gov.in/anon.html’.
The Indian arm of Anonymous has already called for Occupy protests in several cities across India to protest against fetters on internet freedom on June 9. As support for the planned non-violent protests increased on social networking sites, the group hacked the Genco website, perhaps to exhibit its seriousness on the issue it is taking up.
The group maintained that the site was hacked to protest internet censorship and claimed that it had already taken down several government websites and other websites that supported the blocking of file sharing websites. “It is time you weak up to the nightmare that is your government! It is time you stand up for what is right. Do not let your government censor you! It is time for you to take charge. It is time you say “Enough is enough. It is time we end this cycle of corruption”, the group said in the message.