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Net Neutrality: Anonymous brings down TRAI website after 1mn email IDs made public

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) website has been brought down by Anonymous India, according to the latter's Twitter timeline.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: April 28, 2015 9:44 am
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) website has been brought down by Anonymous India, according to the latter’s Twitter timeline. At the moment, the TRAI website is inaccessible and says the URL cannot be retrieved. Anonymous has carried out a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack against the TRAI website.

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Anonymous brought down the TRAI website after the regulator put out 1 million email ids of the users who had sent emails responses on the Net Neutrality debate. You can check out Anonymous’ tweets below:

TRAI has reportedly received over 10 lakh responses to its paper and then in a rather silly move put out all the responses, including email ids on its website.

The comments were divided into three sections- Comments from the Service Providers; Comments from the Service Providers’ Association, and Comments from other Stakeholders (which includes the regular folks, tech start-ups, etc.)

Also read: TRAI makes all Net Neutrality responses public, including your email ID

Of course, TRAI’s brilliant move has put India’s netizens at the risk of spam. As we noted, transparency is fine, but ignoring user privacy is simply not acceptable as it has happened in this case, especially as email nowadays is linked to many social media accounts liked Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and even banks.

While TRAI’s move was no doubt damaging, Anonymous has also defended its move to bring down the site saying that this was done to deny spammers access to the 1 million email ids.

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  1. C
    Apr 28, 2015 at 6:28 am
    India is not prepared for any regulators! Make a law abolishing all these. Why waste public time and money.
    1. R
      Apr 28, 2015 at 1:48 am
      The government organisations reel under slave and bureaucratic mentality- they do not think beyond the traditional legacy approach of what British Raj left us with. Feel pity for them. Hope they will learn under the able and informed leadership of Mr Modi.
      1. S
        Oct 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm
        Trai still needs to be improved a lot
        1. S
          Apr 27, 2015 at 11:42 pm
          Well done Anonomous.
          1. A
            Apr 27, 2015 at 5:27 pm
            Attention, ladies nad gentelemen of Air India domestic! [This announcemnt is not bount and/or relanted Indian congers memebers] THE AIRCRAFT ACT, 1934, (XXII OF 1934):: p. a [8 C. Power of Central Government to make rules for securing safe custody and re-delivery of unclaimed property.- b [Subject to the provisions of section 14,] the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules which may provide for securing the safe custody and re- delivery of ay property which, while not in proper custody, is found on any aerodrome or in any aircraft on any aerodrome and any such rules may, in particular, provide for - (a) the payment of charges in respect of any such property before it is re-delivered to the person enled thereto; and (b) the disposal of any such property in cases where the same is not re- delivered to the person enled thereto before the expiration of such period as may be specified therein.] [a] Inserted by the Aircraft (Amendment) Act 12 of 1972, S.8(20-4-1972). [b] Inserted by the Aircraft (Amendment) Act, 2007 (44 of 2007) -- Conclusion: Air India staff CDE is kindly advised regarding the consequencies due to Air India staff CDE violations of the prelimenray prosedure and failure to repeat and to reconfirm the traing procedure at RW26 in 2011. Related.
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