Anonymous hacktivists target British government sites in protest at extradition and ’snooping’ laws

Kevin Rawlinson

The hacking group Anonymous launched a coordinated attack against four websites associated with the British government this evening in protest at extraditions of British citizens to face trials in America and plans to allow security services to monitor internet use and phone calls.

Access to the Prime Minister’s site, the Home Office website and the Ministry of Justice website was disrupted. The hacktivists also identified the personal site of Home Secretary Theresa May as a target, although it remained active.

And, in a separate attack, American hacktivists linked to the group targeted the website of the US House of Representatives but failed to prevent access.

Members of the group launched distributed denial of service attacks, attempting to flood the sites with traffic and prevent access. Hackers used chatrooms to coordinate the attacks and were attempting to spread their resources in order to try to take down all four sites.

The campaign, dubbed “OpTrialatHome” was in reaction to the orders given to extradite British citizens Richard O’Dwyer and Christopher Tappin to America and the ongoing fight of Gary McKinnon to avoid a similar fate. Later, anger was expressed at government plans – revealed last Sunday – to introduce legislation allowing law-enforcement agencies to check up on people’s use of Facebook, Twitter, online gaming forums as well as the video-chat service Skype and the range of targets of the attacks was widened.

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  • Nick Banks

    This is wrong. The government snooping around I mean. We are getting more and more power through global networking and the government feels like its loosing control over us. So as a reaction they want to put the squeeze on, bringing us closer to a big brother society. Invasion of our privacy is, in my opinion, the biggest breach of human rights. The same same human rights that allow muslim extremists to preach anti-christianity in the streets of london. The same human rights that allow prisoners to earn a games console on good behaviour and play pool, making them unafraid of incarceration. This is the biggest bout of hypocrisy I have ever seen from this government and it almost makes me wish for a civil war just to set things straight in this messed up spineless country

  • Nick Banks

    the second one

  • Bernard

    Unless Anonymous are the government.

  • blessyz

    Anonymous why don’t you target oil companies, stop pussyfooting and change the world. I don’t believe in global warming and all that crap. But wars are started over oil. Change the need for oil to hydrogen and switch the world from a type 0 to a type 1 civilization. You have so much power, you play silly little games with silly websites. Do something meaningful. When oil runs out or even gets slightly, it will get VERY ugly. 

    Maybe I’m wrong, maybe all they have is ddos attacks and posting people’s logins online via an SQL injection.

  • TechGlobeX

    I really dont understand the actual purpose behind those hacking of Government websites and blog. I think hackers is now seems to be getting involved in politics as well in technology and they are trying to break all rules for their own benefits. Which i think is wrong way of protesting.

  • John Smith

    There’s always protests, even when public opinion is against them. 
    Take for example the way Margharet Thatcher handled the miner strikes; According to opinion poles the british mass clearly supported her, yet the strikes still went on and on and on.
    One way or the other these monkies want to impose their will over the british people by destroying democracy. None of these protesters ever argues for a referrendum, they just want to have things done their way.

  • Sarah Mayfield

    Your right but the fact is that they are aware that beyond oil companies, the world is turning into a polite mans nazi state. And they’re trying to make a point about it. We’re loosing our freedoms everyday. The colonization of our rights begins on the web and then they secure it in this world. We need to be talking about this before this world starts looking like a pretty version of an orwell novel.

  • Sarah Mayfield

    Interesting.. This crossed my mind.. Who knows hey.. 

  • greggf

    Yes John that’s what I mean. One way or another, protest, often violent, gets its way in the end. In Thatcher’s case they got rid of her because, inter alia, she was perceived as “confrontational”; after which Labour got in for 13 years….. 

  • Marta Falco Ainley

    the foreign office made a right fool of itself saying it would consider storming the embassy of another country. arrogant,pompous typical Tory behaviour. The Swedish can come to London and interview Assange.

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