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Hackers infiltrate Italy government website in anti-Berlusconi protest

ROME – The Italian government’s website came under attack from computer hackers on Sunday, police said, after opponents of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said they would target the site to protest against curbs to media freedom. The action was the latest against Berlusconi, who has faced protests since prosecutors opened…

Amid mass protests, ‘Anonymous’ topples Egyptian gov’t websites

Tunisian members of an online group of hacktivists known as “Anonymous” received attention Friday when Al Jazeera English profiled their efforts to attack Egyptian government Web sites. “Anonymous” first attacked Tunisian government websites after the country blocked access to secrets outlet WikiLeaks. The group had also targeted PayPal, MasterCard, Visa…

Anonymous trains sights on Yemen after Egypt

WASHINGTON – The loose-knit group of online global hackers known as “Anonymous” has trained its sights on Yemen following cyber attacks on government websites in Tunisia and Egypt. The website of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, presidentsaleh.gov.ye, was inaccessible on Thursday following calls by Anonymous members for attacks on the…

Company behind Egypt gov’t network denies role in Twitter blackout

Update: Vodafone confirms role in Egypt’s cellular, Internet blackout As Egypt lurched toward revolution amid the fiercest protests since its 1977 bread riots, one service that’s been of great importance to civil organizers has been increasingly hard to access: micro-blogging site Twitter. This has led British-based Vodafone Group PLC, which…

‘Anonymous’ calls for attacks on Egyptian government websites

The online group of hactivists known as “Anonymous” expressed their support for protesters in Egypt Wednesday by calling for cyber attacks on websites run by the Egyptian government. Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across Egypt this week, facing down a massive police presence to demand the…

‘Anonymous’ names Saturday a global day of protest to defend free speech

Online protest group “Anonymous,” which has in recent months staged some of the most stunning and audacious cyber-attacks yet seen on key corporate Internet infrastructure, has named Saturday, Jan. 15, as a global day of protest to defend the freedom of speech. In a video published to their central communications…

‘Anonymous’ topples, defaces Zimbabwe government websites

The Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu-PF) website, Zimbabwean government website and Zimbabwean Finance Ministry website were the target of cyber attacks on Thursday by a loose-knit group of online hacktivists known as “Anonymous.” The websites were hit with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks after Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe,…

Targeted by ‘Anonymous,’ Bank of America website sees intermittent outages

The website of America’s largest bank appeared to be suffering sporadic downtime on Monday afternoon amid a flurry of voluntary distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks from “hacktivist” group “Anonymous.” While the site was still available at time of this story’s publication, reports were surfacing across Twitter noting infrequent outages.…

Welcome to the cyber sit-in: Many ‘Payback’ protesters easily identified, study finds

Update: ‘Anonymous’ announces ‘Operation Loveback‘: a campaign to send Christmas cards to Bill O’Reilly During the civil rights era, the sit-in became a popular and effective form of protest against businesses that denied service to black people. Though legally ambiguous at first, the harsh reactions of authorities against the peaceful protesters…

WikiLeaks supporters’ group to republish cables

‘Anonymous’ activists change tactics, stop cyber attacks LONDON – A loose grouping of cyber activists supporting WikiLeaks has abandoned its strategy of online attacks on organizations seen as hostile to the site in favor of spreading the leaked documents far and wide online. Internet activists operating under the name “Anonymous”…

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