Friday, May 18, 2012

The Shape of things to come- Internet Inarchy

Anarchy, move over - it is time for INarchy. 

They tweeted: “Namaste #India, your time has come to trash the current government and install a new one. Good luck.” 
A YouTube video (May 15) by user Sen0nymous, titled ‘Operation India Engaged’, issued a call to action for fellow hackers. The video stated, 
“It has been known that the government of India and its ministers are committing aristocracy. The idea of democracy remains an idea only.”

“We were and are watching closely all activities of the government and its ministers. Many ministers were and are charged with severe cases of corruption. They do not care. They do not care for the injustice happening. They do not care for the freedom being snatched.”

“The government has been covering up its activities and hiding the facts from its citizens. It has imposed the IT Act which allows it to censor the internet as it seems fit. None other than the DoT needs to be blamed. One can’t block on purview of security concerns.” 

So Anonymous does not like the moves made by the Indian government and they start firing all cannons. They had started off protesting against the US, Swedish and the UK government actions regarding Wikileaks and that sort of hacktivism was cool. Now, and with other actions (anti SOPA etc) is this morphing into a sort of conscience keeper for the world ?

And for the moment the actions are just defacing websites and pulling any data that is bagged in the operation - so how long before this activity turns more malicious. Or how long before there is another few groups that do not have morals or have some sort of hate driven objectives. We do not have to search too far to find psychos !

We can dump all the international treaties and cooperation programs aside - a cyber-war or cyber-terror scenario is so easy to conjure ... just a handful of faceless people from anywhere in the world meet over time in a chat room and put together their bag of tricks. And, they let loose.

They can attack, plant an APT, steal data, commandeer weapons ... in short, they can do a lot. Or they can just choose to poison an information source like a satellite. Let your internal criminal out and let your imagination run wild, soon you will have enough zillion doomsday scenarios that an asteroid hit will be child's play

After that, all the king's men can spend their lifetimes to find who did it. 

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