Famous hacking group Anonymous have targeted the UK government, after giving them forewarning that it was going to happen. It selected Easter for the protest.
The Telegraph reports “The British branch of Anonymous – a loose global collective of computer hackers who often target law-enforcement websites – first advertised “#OpTrialAtHome” last Monday. A poster featured the photos of three British citizens who have been sent to the US to face trial – Gary McKinnon, Richard O’Dwyer and Christopher Tappin – together with the slogan “Fight extradition”. It included the address of the Home Office website and the direction to “charge ya lazers” on Saturday at 9pm GMT.”
The DDOS attacks disrupted the websites for a short period of time. Anonymous tweeted that this ‘digital protest’ was not a hacking attempt, but they have threatened more actions every Saturday against the UK Government websites.
Graham Culey, senior technology consultant for security firm Sophos added on his blog “You have to admit that this is an audacious move by Anonymous and its supporters. Other hacktivists who have launched DDoS attacks against websites belonging to British authorities have been arrested in recent history, and are currently facing trial. Don’t forget, denial-of-service attacks are illegal. If you participate in such an attack you could find yourself receiving a lengthy jail sentences.”
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