HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous appears to be getting a little ahead of itself and is declaring war on countries that do not agree with it.
Already it has apparently mounted attacks against Zimbabwe for its attempts to shut down Wikileaks and now it seems the outfit has declared war on Tunisia.
The country, which is famous for having Life of Brian and Star Wars filmed there and date wine, is normally too small for most people to care about.
However once Tunisia tried to block access to leaked Wikileaks cables about the country it was game on.
Members of the loosely-knit Anonymous group gathered on an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) forum yesterday and singled out various Tunisian government websites for attack.
Websites that appear to have been brought down by the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack include that of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the government's official website.
According to Sophos, a statement posted on Anonymous-related websites explained the reason for the attack was that the Tunisian government wanted to control the present with falsehoods and misinformation in order to impose the future by keeping the truth hidden from its citizens.
"We will not remain silent while this happens. Anonymous has heard the claim for freedom of the Tunisian people. Anonymous is willing to help the Tunisian people in this fight against oppression. It will be done. It will be done."
Tunisia is not exactly known for its democratic freedoms or free speech so expecting it to turn around its policies for the sake of Wikileaks was a little optimistic. However it does show that foreign governments can be susceptible to Western hackers who can make their lives difficult. µ
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