The DMK’s mouthpiece and popular Tamil daily newspaper, the Murasoli, had its website hacked in the wee hours of January 1. The site, which now flashes the Guy Fawkes mask, has been defaced by what looks like an individual actor.
In a warning to the admins of the site, the message reads:
“Admin Please make a secure WebsiTe :P. HapPy neW year FolkS .. And admin dont worry you won't be fired ! I have just renamed Your index.php to newyear.php. And happy new year for U too. Greetz : Special Greets to those hearts cared about me and those a******s talked behind me !! (sic)”
The Guy Fawkes mask is generally associated with Anonymous, a network of “hacktivists”, who are notorious for their distributed denial of service(DDoS) attacks on government, religious, and corporate websites.
The Murasoli website was hacked earlier in March as well and started functioning as per normal after two hours. It flashed a message in Hindi about banning of Electronic Voting Machines, asking for a repoll of the Uttar Pradesh elections.
While the message this time seems to carry no political motivations, it appears to have been written by an individual actor who wishes everyone a Happy New Year. The message also asks the admin to not be worried about being fired, possibly for not securing the website.
Murasoli was begun by an 18-year-old Karunanidhi and his friends in Thiruvarur in 1942. It was an effort to spread the Dravidian ideology to the locals in the area. Over the years, the publication became popular for its satire and political commentary. The 75-year-old publication registered its website, www.murasoli.in, in 2005. The daily now has a circulation of 70,000 copies.
The website has since been restored.