Published: 29th April 2019
Justice for Thodupuzha child: Meet the hacktivist group that hacked Kerala Govt websites to force an arrest
Kerala Cyber Warriors is a three and half-year-old hacktivist group that had previously hacked the Hindu Mahasabha website for glorifying Godse
The wound on his skull was more than 10 centimeters deep.
The body had more than 33 bruises at the time he was admitted to the hospital.
Three of them were on his head.
A right rib was fractured.
The seven-year-old boy also suffered a haemorrhage, after being brutally assaulted by his mother's live-in partner. He was allegedly thrown to a wall and then kicked. After battling for his life for almost a week, the child succumbed to injuries on April 6.
The child's death created an uproar a few weeks back. Following the same, his assaulter Arun Anand was arrested. Along with murder, Arun was also slapped with POCSO charges for sexually abusing the child's younger brother. It's been three weeks since the child died. The media has seemingly moved on from the issue, especially since elections began. Not just that, the child's mother who is believed to be aware of the assaults, is apparently still free.
Enraged by this, a group of hacktivists decided to do their bit to bring the issue back to the forefront. On April 27, the group Kerala Cyber Hackers hacked the websites of Kerala State Human Rights Commission, Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Kerala Law Department, demanding the arrest of the child's mother. The servers of all three websites are down until now.
The hacktivist group's admin who goes by his codename GH057_R007 tells us that they'd worked for a week to bypass security before they hacked these websites. "It was difficult and time-consuming. I have hacked a lot of websites in the past, but this one took a lot of time. There were around 8-9 security features that I had to bypass," he says.
Explaining why he did something so illegal, the anonymous admin posted, "The government has failed to arrest the 'mother' who protected the murderer. Put her behind the bars. We won't stop until the justice rolls down," the websites' homepage read on Saturday. This was prior to a protest demanding the mother's arrest on Sunday. "The media and the social media activists have lost track about this case. They were busy following other issues like elections and the Kallada incident. I also heard that the mother is on the run and that she has political and financial backing. Our idea was to bring people's focus back to this topic," says GH057_R007. A group of activists are putting forward the same demand through a newly formed Facebook page called 'Justice For Child'.
This isn't the first hacktivism initiative by this group. Recently, they were in news for hacking the Hindu Mahasabha website, after the group praised Nathuram Godse for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi. In the past, they had also hacked websites that promoted online sex trade and paedophilia. They also hacked a Pakistani website as payback for hacking a few Indian websites and posting hate speech on it. "I follow the news regularly and plan out our activities accordingly," says the hacktivist. "In this case, I noticed that apart from the public, the Human Rights Commission and the Child Protection Commission were also silent. So, I decided to deface their website with our message," he says.
Even though the Wikipedia page says that KCW is a 17-member group, the admin tells us that currently only two people are working towards the initiatives. "It's just the admins now. I have disbanded the older group. However, I discussed this activity with my friends and they had also helped me to complete this mission. We have practiced a lot of hacking methods on the server to gain access," he says.
For more updates on the Thodupuzha case, follow https://www.facebook.com/justiceforthodupuzhachid/