Anonymous Hackers Target Ukraine

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Members of Anonymous recently launched DDoS attacks against several Ukrainian government Web sites in response to the government's takedown of torrent site Demonoid.

"The collective targeted and took down the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine (nrada.gov.ua), the Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights (uacrr.kiev.ua), and the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association (apo.kiev.ua)," writes ZDNet's Emil Protalinski. "All the sites appear to be fully operational again at the time of writing."

"The move comes days after the Ukrainian government shut down popular bittorent tracker site Demonoid," writes International Digital Times' Mo Mozuch. "The group posted a statement on its PR blog condemning the move, and accusing the Ukrainian government of caving in to U.S. anti-piracy pressure."

"Despite Demonoid blocking all Ukranian IP addresses to avoid upsetting local law, the site still attracted the attention of the authorities," the statement reads. "The raid on Demonoid was timed to coincide with the first trip of Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s to the United States on the agenda: copyright infringement. This implies that the attack against Demonoid was a preplanned operation, and a deliberate and malicious attack against Internet Freedom. We will not let this go unpunished. We will seek revenge against all criminals responsible and their punishments will be severe."