The websites of the Supreme Court of India and Congress went mysteriously offline on Thursday, just one day after the government proposed a new plan to censor the internet, India Today reported. Internet hacking group Anonymous is widely believed to be behind the attacks.
The Indian government's proposed censorship plan would allow for a 50-member watchdog group to police the web. A proposal for the plan has been placed before the United Nations, which will discuss it within 72 hours.
In response to the plan, Anonymous Central had tweeted, "Namaste #India, your time has come to trash the current government and install a new one. Good luck," according to India Today.
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Anonymous hackers are also openly protesting current blocks placed on websites in India. Earlier this week, popular video-sharing web sites such as Vimeo and The Pirate Bay were blocked by two of India’s major Internet service providers, the New York Times reported. It is not clear why those sites were blocked, according to the Times.
Anonymous is now tagging its Twitter posts with calls to save The Pirate Bay and end internet censorship, PC Magazine reported.