Last night hacktivist group Anonymous sent out an open letter to the government of India criticizing the government and ISP companies for blocking torrent and video sharing websites. While doing so, the group clarified the definition of a DDoS attack, a type of online attack the group has been ravaging against government websites.
Less of a threatening letter and more of a Hacking 101 course book for the government and mainstream media alike, Anonymous clarified that a DDoS attack is not a hack, which is legally defined as unauthorized access to a network. In fact, a DDoS attack is overflowing the server capacity by an excess of user traffic, or in simpler terms a traffic jam of sorts occurs at website server due to the enormous traffic attracted, in this case the large influx of anonymous group members.
Anonymous believes this is a peaceful way to protest the government blocks and also states how websites were blocked when there was no court order asking for specific sites to be blocked like the Air India employee Facebook protest pages. The group has made its intentions clear to go after the government and its supporters, the ISPs that are blocking access to torrents and some other sites like Vimeo. It is also urging Indians to participate in peaceful demonstrations across the country on June 9. In meantime read the whole letter below.