Tit For Tat!
Posted On 20th May, 2012 @ 00:00 am by MTV EDITOR

OpIndia, the anonymous group of hackers has paid the Government back in kind for blocking off video streaming sites by hacking into the Government�s own websites. So while Reliance and Airtel may have blocked off Vimeo and Dailymotion

They raised the drinking age to 25 years, we took that quietly. They made us take sun films off car windows, okay we followed that too. But one step towards curtailing our social media privileges and the wrath of the youth descended upon them like a ton of bricks. Yes, Reliance and Airtel may have may have been sitting back smugly satisfied at blocking video streaming sites like Vimeo and Dailymotion as per Government orders. But according to reports, an anonymous group has hacked into the websites of the Supreme Court of India, the Congress and Reliance Big Entertainment among a few others in retaliation to the new set of IT rules. (Read between the lines: In your face, Kapil Sibal!)

The US federal system recently came down hard on video streaming sites like Megavideo and Megaupload and as always our government got a bit carried away trying to copy the West. What we are dying to know is which genius came up with the brainwave of blocking Vimeo in India? Whoever he is,we bet he picked a site that nobody goes to just so that he could continue to watch the…. ahem, ‘late night shows’ that he wanted without any hindrance. If they were really interested in curtailing piracy, they would have taken the bull by the horns and blocked Youtube. Instead they chose the easier way out and blocked the unimportant ones like The Pirate Bay and Vimeo. And while we laud their efforts, we are a bit confused as to what’s the purpose of this whole exercise: why block two random sites when even a three year old could rattle off the names of at least a dozen torrent sites.

And if you thought their choice of websites was lame, wait till you hear the reason behind this sudden urge to curb piracy: Apparently Reliance Entertainment wants to block streaming of copyright videos so that Dangerous Ishqq doesn’t suffer. Looks like those people took it for granted that the theatres would be housefull and people would be frantically searching for the movie online. Too bad they overlooked the fact that NO one was interested in watching the movie, not in the theater, not online for free. Sorry guys, you might as well block every last video streaming site in India, it still won’t make a difference to the Dangerous Ishqq’s rather unadventurous sales.

And the next time the Government and ISPs are in a daredevil mood and decide to block off a few sites (all in the name of curbing piracy, of course), we advise them to have a good look at their own security systems first. If it took the anonymous group of hackers OpIndia about five minutes to get their websites down, we wonder how much online info our friendly neighbors Pakistan and China have access to!

For now, take our advice and forget about blocking video streaming sites (there are so many out there, they will never be able to get to them all!) their security systems definitely need more attention than Dailymotion and Vimeo!

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