Well if you are among the million people who actually sent the email to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), supporting NetNeutrality, this news is for you. TRAI in its stupid move indirectly allowed spammers to attack your mailbox, as your email id’s and perhaps your opinion has been made public.
Following this incident, Hacker group Anonymous India has brought down Indian telecom regulator TRAI’s official website. In a series of tweets, Anonymous India claimed responsibility for bringing down train.gov.in and also warned that the site will soon be hacked. It seems that the group has launched a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack on the website to make it inaccessible.
TRAI has reportedly received over a million responses to its paper and has now put out all the responses, including email ids on its website, which is now actually accessible to spammers, advertiser or marketers.
Now, spammers can easily bombard unwanted emails and spam messages to your mailbox. Making it more serious, TRAI has divided the comments 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 startups, etc.)
TRAI could have kept the email-ids as hidden very easily but did just opposite and disregarded to all those users who had contributed to the public debate. Transparency is fine, but ignoring user privacy is simply not acceptable as it has happened in this case. In an age where email ids are linked to social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and even with banks, exposing so many ids, carries many consequences.
People who know Net Neutrality and were part of Save The Internet campaign were mostly professionals and even entrepreneurs and CXO’s. Getting their email IDs and that too in range of over one million is huge.
Let’s find out what people have to say about this incident –
— Anil Sharma (@godnile) April 27, 2015
sue #TRAI for breach of privacy
— The Fat World of Ze (@sbokjui) April 27, 2015
Chief of #TRAI seems to be Dean of IIN!!!
— Moneyball (@BhargavPurohit) April 27, 2015
TRAI is again in the news for all wrong reasons!!! Shame, Shame Shame
— Anish Desai (@anishrap) April 27, 2015
— Mumbaikar ™ (@iamamumbaikar) April 27, 2015
And we trust this TRAI, who can’t handle email addresses, to frame Internet/telecom policies for us?
— pvPatil (@peepultree) April 27, 2015
— Tejuswi Gupta (@Being_Tejuswi) April 27, 2015
#TRAI thanks for putting out the mails out there for hackers and spammers to use. Can you atleast address the issue apart from screwing up.
— Abhilash Jain (@iabhilashj) April 27, 2015