Anonymous Hackers Hit Swedish Government Sites
The attacks were launched in retaliation for a raid on Swedish hosting company PeriQ Networks AB.
Members of Anonymous recently targeted the Web sites for Sweden's National Courts Administration and the country's National Board of Health and Welfare.
"The group Anonymous warned in a YouTube video that there would be repercussions after a two-day raid earlier this week on Web host PeriQ Networks AB in Solna, just outside Stockholm," writes Threatpost's Anne Saita. "'We see this as a crime against freedom of information,' a narrator said. 'Swedish goverment will know our capabilities and what we want.'"
"Internet users who attempted to use the health board's website on Tuesday night were met with a message from the group: 'We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us,' together with a final refrain which read: 'Fuck Swedish,' the Nyheter24 news website reported," The Local reports. "Furthermore, Sweden's Courts Administration (Domstolsverket) website, domstol.se, was also crippled on Wednesday morning, in an attack similar to those which left several Swedish websites inaccessible on Monday."
"On Monday, websites of the Swedish armed forces and other authorities came under attack for the second time in nearly a month," writes Xinhua's Thomas Whittle. "The military suspected the attack was launched by someone who showed sympathy for Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who is accused of rape by Swedish prosecutors. According to Anders Ahlqvist, IT expert from Swedish National Police Board, there was a 'clear' connection between the web attack on Monday and the pending dispute over Assange’s extradition."