Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

Summary: Anonymous has defaced a number of U.S. trade-related websites, including the FTC, seemingly in protest over the country's signing to the controversial ACTA agreement.

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Hacking collective Anonymous took down a number of U.S. government websites early this morning in continuing protests over ACTA, the controversial anti-counterfeiting trade agreement.

Websites hacked included consumer.govncpw.gov, and the FTC's business.ftc.gov website.

Strongly worded and violent language were used, and a video was posted on each site. The attacks were simultaneously carried out across the different sites. Some of the text read:

"If ACTA is signed by all participating negotiating countries, you can rest assured that Antisec will bring a f**ing mega-uber-awesome war that rain torrential hellfire down on all enemies of free speech, privacy and internet freedom. We will systematically knock all evil corporations and governments off of our internet."

The text on the page referred back to AntiSec, or "Anti-Security", which was a movement spurred on hacking group LulzSec before it disbanded after 50 days of hacks and data dumps.

A number of Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous appeared to confirm the group's involvement with the attacks on the websites, which have now been taken offline.

ACTA, which stands for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, not only focuses on intellectual property and patents, but copyright theft and illegal file-sharing online. It was negotiated largely in secret, and contained measures that could be 'SOPA-like', and remove entire swathes from the Web.

It has since been watered down heavily, but faces continued opposition by online rights groups and privacy advocates.

ACTA has since been rejected by a number of European countries, including the Netherlands and Germany. The member of the European Parliament responsible for investigating the agreement resigned in protest. The European Parliament will vote on the agreement in June.

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  • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

    What OS were these sites running?
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

      @Loverock Davidson-
      From what I just checked from NetCraft, consumer.gov is on Linux and Solaris.
      Simon Toronto
      • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

        @Simon Toronto : And people say Linux isn't hackable. :-)
        Gisabun
    • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

      @Loverock Davidson-
      According to NetCraft search, ncpw.gov & business.ftc.gov. They are all Linux on Appache.
      Simon Toronto
  • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

    In one sense, I can agree with the protest on principal. ACTA is just another far-reaching attempt to control Internet content. Ask China how well that's working for them. Government's are finding it nearly impossible to stop people from accessing and/or posting content (legal or illegal) on the Internet. In what I consider a panicked knee-jerk reaction, government's are deciding it is easier to just take down sites they don't like rather than prevent citizens from accessing such sites. This methodology too will fail miserably even if laws are implemented to facilitate it.

    THe hacking, however, I don't agree with. There are a number of legal ways to express disapproval. All this hacking activity, while the media loves it (ratings of course), does nothing more than display childish behavior on the hacker(s) part and a complete lack of security & privacy knowledge on the government's part.

    http://rod.gs/5Zk
    cuckoosnest
    • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

      @cuckoosnest
      Well, we see worldwide how much 'asking nicely' gets us and civil disobedience is a veritable option.

      Look, it is obvious that 'the hackers' knew how to hack those sites since some time. They did not just take a day of school or work to find the loopholes. But it never happened before.
      That implies that there is a fundamental ethics involved: 'You take our internet/liberties/freedom to reproduce and we take your business'. That's what consumers do all the time: You serve me badly, I won't buy from you again (= loss of business). Here: You serve us badly, we bring your site down (= loss of business). And furthermore it proves that at least some of us don't just give up, saying "it's a corrupt system, I know, but what can you do other than accept the sad realities." Nope, not anymore. You tick people a few hundred times too many off and they/we react unfavorably. And that's the way a real democracy works. Nobody got hurt, right?

      And Btw.: it really does not matter what OS those sites run. Any OS+Software is vulnerable with enough motivation and effort.
      strubinsky@...
      • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

        @strubinsky@... Thank you for your comment. I agree 100%.
        toomuchtime
      • @strubinsky@ ... Yep

        [i]" ... it really does not matter what OS those sites run. Any OS+Software is vulnerable with enough motivation and effort. "[/i]

        Mental note to fanboys (of any religion / dogma), etch that in stone and hang it over your desktop PC ... or write it on a sticky for your mobile device.
        thx-1138_
  • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

    Why do you keep giving publicity to these people? Kind of makes you complicit..
    kkaiser
    • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

      @kkaiser says the guy with a handle "kaiser"...
      tbuck@...
      • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

        @tbuck@... : Ever thought that "kaiser" is the guy's last name?
        Gisabun
  • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

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    pansyneal
    • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

      @pansyneal : What did she do? Work for Anonymous or did phone sex [like you do]?
      Gisabun
      • Oh No no, Real Sex .....

        @Gisabun <br><br>$2 at a time.<br><br>.
        rmhesche
      • His sister...

        His sister comes home with $25.25. He asks, "Who gave you a quarter?"

        She answers, "All of them..."
        mlashinsky@...
  • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

    Knock the liberals out of power in the USA and this may go all away. Bigger government under the liberal establishment = less freedom and liberties for all its citizens.
    partman1969@...
    • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

      @partman1969@... : You thinking the GOP will make things so nice? If anything, Anonymous will increase their hacks with a GOP government. Look at the number of hacks while Dubya was in office.
      Gisabun
    • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

      @partman1969@... The "conservatives" and "liberals" aka Republicans and Democrats are two heads of the same snake which is big intrusive government.

      Only Ron Paul will cut off the snake's head.
      PepperdotNet
      • Hmm.

        While I already replied in a pro-dem voice, there may be a more than a little truth to that...

        I have heard a few very common sense things from him.
        mlashinsky@...
    • RE: Anonymous hacks U.S. government websites with anti-ACTA messages

      @partman1969@...
      Sorry, but this is not a Democrat or Republican argument, so don't try to make it one. Both parties have basically sold out to private interest groups and/or corporate greed. BOTH. Until we stop the cycle of Congressional votes for sale to the highest bidder, these ridiculous copyright bills will keep appearing. And this type of hacking won't stop regardless of who wins the election. Both parties seem equally corrupt when you check their voting records. Don't get me wrong--I do not support piracy or the hackers or civil disobedience. I just think we have MUCH more serious problems than kids copying Hollywood's latest garbage. Gas will soon be $5.00 a gallon and yet we have vast untapped reserves of hot air and gas right here in the halls of congress.
      Photog7