Members of Anonymous recently took down several Greek government Web sites to protest German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the country.

"The sites owned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (, the presidency (, the Hellenic Police (, the government ( and ones owned by politicians were all disrupted at some point, being temporarily inaccessible to visitors," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs.

"Online hackers group Anonymous said it had attacked a number of Greek government sites," reports. "'We, as Anonymous, are next to the Greeks claiming their freedom. We are next to a people who have fought against the German occupying forces,' it said."

"Trade unions and opposition political parties have called for mass protests to greet the German chancellor, whom many Greeks accuse of unfairly forcing them down the path of painful austerity and driving the country even deeper into recession," Reuters reports. "The Greek government is locked in negotiations with its international lenders on yet more spending cuts to clinch the next tranche of a 130-billion-euro ($169-billion) bailout saving the country from bankruptcy."