Skip to comments.Hackers 'shut down' Home Office website (UK)
Posted on 04/08/2012 1:06:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The hacking group Anonymous appeared to have shut down the Home Office website on Saturday night, in an apparent protest against extraditions of British citizens to the US and so-called draconian surveillance proposals.
An apparent denial of service attack made it impossible to access the Home Office website for at least an hour.
Those trying to access the website were instead confronted by a notice that Due to a high volume of traffic this page is currently unavailable.
The attack appeared to have been partly in protest at extradition proceedings against Gary McKinnon, 46, who is accused of hacking US military computers.
A Home Office spokesman said: We are aware of some reports that the Home Office website may be the subject of an online protest. We have put all potential measures in place and will be monitoring the situation very closely.
He said he was not in a position to discuss who might be mounting the suspected attack or why.
A denial of service attack prevents a website from functioning properly, sometimes by swamping it with more traffic than it can handle.
Such an action was believed to have been responsible for crashing the Home Office site.
The apparent attack 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
If we could only get them to shut-down the corrupt US Congress and criminal White Crib, we’d all be happy-happy-happy! Well, I would.
They were supposed to shut down the Internet a week or so ago.
"every person"?! bye bye privacy. Maybe more people will revert to using Royal Mail.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.