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Anonymous warns US government over ACTA

Updated Takedown Friday
Fri Feb 17 2012, 09:52

HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous has spent the night attacking, defacing and knocking over US government web sites.

This morning it announced that part of the web site is still down. According to a message from the group on Twitter it has been RM'd, slang for having its web servers wiped. That is just one of many sites hit by the hackers.

The hackers have a tradition of targeting government and law enforcement web sites on a Friday and this is no different. Here Twitter messages are tagged with references to Occupy Wall Street, the ongoing occupation of the US financial district and ACTA, the draconian anti-piracy treaty.

A cache of the defaced shows that hackers put up an ACTA parody video, which shows an over the top response to copyright infringement, and a stinging message.

"Congratuations! You got rooted and rm'd (AGAIN). U MAD!? Don't like it?... So, how's it feel when your entire site is jack-hammered off the internet? Do tell!" it says.

"Guess what? We're back for round 2. Well, with the doomsday clock ticking down on Internet freedom, Antisec has leapt into action. Again. Holy déjà vu hack Batman! Expect us yet?"

The message warns the government that if ACTA is signed the Antisec movement will react. It said that it would rain "torrential hellfire down on all enemies of free speech, privacy and internet" and "systematically knock all evil corporations and governments off of our internet".

As well as criticising the FTC over ACTA, the hacktivist group dumped a lot of information, and suggested that it should have intervened when Google announced changes to its privacy policies.

The US Federal Trade Commission has confirmed what is obvious, its web sites have been hacked.

A statement from the FTC has been posted to Facebook, rather than say the web site that is still unavailable.

"The Bureau of Consumer Protection's Business Center website and the partnership site NCPW run by the Federal Trade Commission were hacked earlier today," said FTC Office of Public Affairs director Cecelia Prewett.

"The FTC takes these malicious acts seriously. The sites have been taken down and will be brought back up when we're satisfied that any vulnerability has been addressed." µ



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