‘Anonymous’ attacks Italian government site

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 7, 2011 8:23 EDT
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ROME – Software hacker group “Anonymous” launched attacks Sunday against the Italian government’s website citing political grievances, ANSA news agency reported.

“Anonymous” announced its distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) assaults earlier in the day, saying they were launched because “the political and economic situation in Italy has become unstable.”

The website (www.governo.it) did not immediately appear to be blocked.

DDoS attacks are efforts to overload websites with so many simultaneous requests that computer servers can’t handle the load and freeze or crash.

Police had alerted the site and its manager of the potential attack ahead of time, allowing them to put counter measures in place.

A loose-knit group of online global hackers, “Anonymous” previously attacked government websites in Egypt and Tunisia, both roiled by anti-government protests, among other sites.

Last Thursday, it apparently zeroed in on Yemen, where the website of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, presidentsaleh.gov.ye, was inaccessible following calls by “Anonymous” members to attack it.

In December, the group also claimed attacks on the websites of Visa and Mastercard among others, in revenge for their stances regarding whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

In its announcement on Italy, the group skewered the judiciary system and government, which it said was “implicated in prostitution, including minors,” in apparent reference to a sex scandal dogging Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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  • Guest

    Italy I hope you get rid of that obnoxious and corrupt thug, Silvio Berlusconi.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    I thought they put those anonymous kids in jail. Guess the rest of “em don’t scare easy!

  • http://twitter.com/ThePurpleAster Purple Aster

    wonder why so many articles always say “didn’t appear to be down” or “didn’t immediately appear to be down,” yet the website is nearly always down when I check it.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Time to attack the Vatican next.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I think the problem is that they are a very loosely-formed group. They only have contact on line, if at all, and are spread all over the world. The US and UK have gone after them viciously but other governments don’t seem to be doing anything about it.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Italians were picketing big time over that yesterday, according to Al Jazeera. Maybe Rome will be the next Cairo. :)

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    yeah kinda like us only they know what they’re doin’. these anony. won’t be as easy to control. and the intel ain’t like burning books you can’t collect ‘em and have a bondfire in the public square.

  • mjcc1987

    And expose all that child pron!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Yep. :)

  • Anonymous

    can someone post the picture of monkeyboy and burlusconman touching foreheads in a photo op…?