In an attempt to halt a wave of hatred-inducing rumors sweeping the country, Indian ISPs have been officially requested to temporarily prevent users from sending out bulk SMSes and to block access to specific websites, as reported by pcworld.
The measure comes as a reaction to workers stationed in the Northeastern area of the country rushing home after receiving short messages on their mobile phones about a potential outbreak of violence from the Muslim community in the state of Assam. Websites hosting content inciting anti-Muslim manifestations have also been taken down.
As work migrants use cheap mobile phones to keep in touch with their families, it appears that at least one mobile phone store owner has been instrumental in sending out some of the SMSes to lists of customers who also bought pre-paid credit for their mobiles.
While the Indian Ministry of IT and Communication calls upon all social networking and video-sharing websites to help stop this by taking down â€œinflammatory and hatefulâ€ content, the home minister accuses â€œelements based in Pakistanâ€ for the outbreak.
Back in May, the online properties of a series of Indian corporations were targeted in Anonymousâ€™ re-enactment of #OpIndia as a reaction to the official decision of forcing Indian ISPs to block file-sharing sites to prevent the pirating of copyrighted materials.
As for its cyber-feud with Pakistan, in June this year, the Indian government announced its intent to strengthen its cyber protection measures and appoint specific agencies to be prepared to carry out cyber attacks on other countries.