Anonymous Hackers Target Sweden

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Members of Anonymous yesterday claimed credit for DDoS attacks on several Swedish Web sites, in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

"Web sites around the country went offline after 10am, including the Courts Administration, the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Institute," The Local reports. "The Local was also affected for a number of hours. Anna Dahlén, a spokeswoman at the Government Offices confirmed that they had had problems but for security reasons couldn’t make any further comment."

"This is the second attack on government Web sites in Assange's honor in the last two weeks," notes CNET News' Dara Kerr. "The loosely knit hacktivist group Anonymous said it targeted several U.K. government Web sites for shutdown in solidarity with Assange last month. Anonymous dubbed the attack campaign as #OpFreeAssange on its Twitter feeds."

"Mr. Assange took shelter in the Ecuadoran embassy in London in June after exhausting all appeals against extradition from Britain to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault allegations," News.com.au reports. "Ecuador has granted him diplomatic asylum. The 41-year-old Australian fears Sweden will hand him over to the United States, where he could face prosecution over the release of a vast cache of leaked Iraq and Afghanistan war reports and diplomatic cables."