Anonymous Hackers Take Down UK Government Sites

On Saturday, Members of Anonymous took several UK government Web sites offline, including those for the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Justice, and the Home Office.

“This appears to be a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack with multiple targets,” notes ZDNet’s Emil Protalinski. “This means Anonymous is simply overloading the servers with more connections than they can handle, bringing the websites down, rather than stealing data.”

“Anonymous explained on Twitter: ‘It’s a digital protest which is different [from] hacking. UK want their government to listen. We can do it as long as it takes,'” writes The Telegraph’s Martin Beckford.

“The cyber protest came after it emerged last week that the Government was planning a massive expansion of its powers to monitor the email exchanges and website visits of every person in the UK,” write The Independent’s Rosa Silverman, Tom Lawrencea and Sam Lister. “Under legislation expected in next month’s Queen’s Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ — the Government’s electronic ‘listening’ agency — to examine ‘on demand’ any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed, in ‘real time’ without a warrant.”

“The group said to expect more attacks ‘every Saturday’ on Government sites,” writes PC Pro’s Nicole Kobie.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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