Members of hacker group, Anonymous has reportedly hacked into the website of India’s telecoms operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
Hacker group is demanding the withdrawal of a controversial legislation that they believe compromises freedom of speech and expression. Anonymous India announced on micro blogging site, Twitter that it has hacked into the website of the state0run telecom operator and ahs leaked details including passwords and database on Pastebin.
“Anonymous India demands the withdrawal of Section 66A of the IT Act,” the post added. The group also said that it supported Indian activists Aseem Trivedi and Alok Dixit, who have gone on a hunger strike to express their opposition to the Section 66A of the country's IT Act.
The section of the legislation has been criticized by many after government announced that officers of the deputy commissioner rank of police or higher can register cases of offensive posts on Facebook. This has sparked fears that the section might be misused to penalize freedom of expression and speech in the country.
The official website of the company was not accessible at the time of reporting today. R K Upadhyay, the telco's chairman and managing director confirmed claims that the site has been hacked and said that the company is working to restore the website.