Teeth make smiles, and smiles make sales - Unidentified Harrods person in Alan Sugar's The Apprentice
THE HACKTIVIST COLLECTIVE Anonymous had mixed results with its assaults on Government web sites this past weekend.
This was the second weekend that the hacktivists have attacked Government web sites, and last weekend they successfully took down the Home Office web pages in a denial of service attack under an "Op Trial At Home" banner meant to raise awareness of bad extradition decisions.
Anonymous announced attacks for last weekend, 14 April, at the start of last week and set GCHQ as a target. However it seems that GCHQ, which is the Government's spying agency, was a little too tough a target.
Although one part of the web site might have been overwhelmed for a short while, no accounts were able to boast about a total takedown.
Other targets were easier to knock over though, and the Home Office was targeted again and fell victim again, as was Home Secretary Theresa May's own web site. Other Anonymous Twitter accounts claimed that McDonalds.co.uk was also down.
A commentary on the attacks was streamed live, but the recording has since been removed. It was posted by someone calling him or her self Winston Smith in a nod, as you might expect, to George Orwell's 1984. µ
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