Anonymous attacks some UK government websites

The hacker group Anonymous has been busy of late. Several days ago, its China-based division launched cyber attacks against hundreds of Chinese government websites that included defacing those sites with Anonymous' messages. This weekend, the group set its sights on the UK.

PCWorld.com reports that Anonymous took credit for denial of service attacks on the websites of three UK government agencies; the Home Office, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Justice. The attacks started late on Saturday but by the end of Sunday access to all those sites was restored.

Part of the reason for these latest moves is Anonymous' issue with a proposed UK law that, if passed, would allow the UK's intelligence agency GCHQ to monitor anyone's emails, website access, texts and phone calls in that country. The attacks were also serving as a protest against the extradition of two UK citizens to the US. One of them, Richard O’Dwyer, is the founder of a website called TVShack that's been accused of offering pirated content.

Anonymous is apparently not done with the UK government. The group's UK Twitter page has posted word that more denial of service attacks will be announced on Tuesday.

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I wish these events weren't even covered, they only add amunition to Anonymous's magazine by popularizing their transgressions. While some of their actions have resulted in massive security leaks (which should be covered), a temporary DDoS of a front-end website should be seen as too trivial to cover.

I don't normally comment on Amon, however, what are they really accomplishing if anything. They just cause the site to go down for a couple of hours then they go away, and bang the site is back up and running

Pam14160 said,
I don't normally comment on Amon, however, what are they really accomplishing if anything. They just cause the site to go down for a couple of hours then they go away, and bang the site is back up and running
puts it in the news, makes people aware of whats happening

Pam14160 said,
I don't normally comment on Amon, however, what are they really accomplishing if anything. They just cause the site to go down for a couple of hours then they go away, and bang the site is back up and running

I read on the BBC they were doing DDoS from 10pm-5am... I really don't see how anyone would have noticed anything if I'm honest .

zikalify said,
puts it in the news, makes people aware of whats happening

Aware of what? That they aren't really accomplishing anything.

Just to clarify, the proposed laws are not related to being able to see the content of any emails, calls, texts or website access, just the destination. The UK still has the ability to apply for a warrant to collect this data, so not much is actually changing. I agree I don't like the way we're going with but I'm not sure Anon should be getting involved now (or ever!)

The fact is that Anon used to monitor things carefully over time, and plot very targeted attacks however since the whole Lulzsec malarky, seem to have become very childish and as such people don't take much notice of them. Their actions used to be explained, but not excused....they don't get that anymore from anyone.