As Trai firms up net neutrality rules, telco giant want action on WhatsApp, Skype, Viber
After months of discussion on net neutrality, things are getting nastier in the country. Indian telecom regulator TRAI was jolted today when its website was hacked and went down for hours.
There is no denying teh fact that it has gone far too far away. The ongoing battle between proponents of Net Neutrality and the establishment takes a dramatic turn…
The people behind the hack are reportedly the hacker group AnonOpsIndia successfully launches a DDoS attack on the TRAI website. Call it karma–or may just the wrath of a group of very proficient and very angry Internet users–but the official website of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was subject to an attack that rendered it completely unresponsive today.
This attack, called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, consists of targeting a particular web domain and overloading it with requests, effectively causing the target website to become overwhelmed to the point of becoming unreachable and unusable. It isnâ€™t coincidence that this targeted attack happened hours after it was discovered that the TRAI had intentionally carried the email IDs–along with numerous personal details–of respondents to their consultation paper surrounding the Net Neutrality debate. As part of the consultation, the TRAI had invited Indian users to email them directly and convey their views on their consultation paper by 24 April. The response was overwhelming with over 1.1 million mails being sent to the TRAI in under two weeks. The group claiming responsibility for this attack is AnonOpsIndia, where a tweet from their Twitter handle warned of such an event happening earlier in the day. The TRAI site completely succumbed to the attack–at the time of writing this, the site was unresponsive, failing to load over the past half hour.