Anonymous Hackers Target CIA, UK Supreme Court Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Censorship
By Jacob Kleinman | May 5, 2012 5:44 AM EST
Hacktivist members of the online collective called "Anonymous" targeted the websites of the United Kingdom Supreme Court and the CIA on Friday, responding to efforts by both governments to stifle internet freedom. Anonymous has named its new campaign to fight online censorship "Operation The Pirate Bay" (TPR) and "Operation Trial At Home."
On Friday afternoon both websites were knocked offline and inaccessible to the public, most likely with a DDoS attack. The cyber-attack comes just days after the British high court ruled that Internet service providers must block all access to The Pirate Bay, a popular file sharing website. Since the ban, traffic to the Pirate Bay has in fact increased by 12 million, while the website has defied the UK ban and offered users tips on how to get around the block.
In a video released by Anonymous promoting Operation TPR, an electronically voiced narrator equates the UK government's attempts to block The Pirate Bay to the US government's attack on Megaupload.com and the file-sharing website's founder Kim Dotcom.
The minute-long video ends with a play on Anonymous' typical send-off: "We do not forgive censorship. We do not forget the corrupted ways of our government."
This online skirmish between Anonymous and the US and UK governments comes in the midst of a much larger battle over the fate of internet privacy, While the controversial CICSPA bill, which would allow the government to monitor everyone's internet, is making its way through congress.
Meanwhile, according to Al Jazeera, an equally controversial plan promoted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, would allow his government to monitor every single text message and phone call made in the country. Internet providers would also be forced to install software allowing law enforcement to access every internet user's IP address, email address books, when and to whom every email is sent in real time. The bill would also force social media sites and other online services to comply with any and all date requests.
Anonymous members coordinated their attacks on Friday through Twitter, using specific hastags to organize their posts.
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