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