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Hackers 'shut down' Home Office website (UK)
Daily Telegraph (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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: anonymous; ddosattack; hackers; homeoffice

1 posted on 04/08/2012 1:06:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

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.


2 posted on 04/08/2012 1:09:52 PM PDT by carriage_hill (ual)
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To: Olog-hai
Say, weren’t they supposed to “shut down” the Al Bore invention on the 31st of March?
3 posted on 04/08/2012 1:15:55 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Olog-hai
So, one of the goverment’s websites was a little slow for an hour because they DoS’d it. Little revolutionaries they are, eh? Conceited little pricks.
4 posted on 04/08/2012 1:27:21 PM PDT by cartan
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Global Warming you mean . . . ?
5 posted on 04/08/2012 1:30:29 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

LOL!


6 posted on 04/08/2012 1:55:26 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Olog-hai

They were supposed to shut down the Internet a week or so ago.

They didn’t.


7 posted on 04/08/2012 2:43:52 PM PDT by TomGuy
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the Government was planning a massive expansion of its powers to monitor the email exchanges and website visits of every person in the UK. …

"every person"?! bye bye privacy. Maybe more people will revert to using Royal Mail.

8 posted on 04/08/2012 4:33:34 PM PDT by odds
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