Hacker Group ‘Anonymous’ Strikes Back, Shut Down Greece’s Ministry Of Justice Site

Posted on Feb 3 2012 - 9:48am by Editorial Staff

In protest against the controversial ACTA treaty, Hacker group Anonymous has hacked the Greek Ministry of Justice website (cached version), giving the warning to the authorities that it will take down over 300 media and ministry sites if it does not reverse its course of action.

The site, www.ministryofjustice.gr/ is currently showing “Under Construction” followed by the attack. Anonymous also states that its next target would be “all the media in Greece” and even it does having the admin passwords of most of the media websites in the country.

Whilst Anonymous attacks Greece’s signing of the ACTA treaty, it also states in an official video that a decision to join the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will “introduce a new dictatorship upon your people’s shoulders and allowed the bankers and the monarchs of the EU to enslave them both economically and politically.” Greek police have confirmed the incident with a message that its Cybercrime division’s investigation on the Ministry of Justice attack is already in progress.

An ACTA – the Anti-Counterfeiting Trademark Agreement – is a voluntary agreement between nations that covers a wide range of counterfeit goods, both physical and digital. However, it has stirred up controversy for both the secretive ‘behind-closed doors’ way in which it was drafted, and the effect it could have on our online lives.

Earlier last week, Twenty-two states of European Union have attended the ceremony in Japan and signed the ACTA on Thursday, January 26. An ACTA is a global treaty that is somehow similar to SOPA and PIPA – which try to normalize copyright protection and IP standards. Following the signing, protesters sparked demonstrations both virtually and physically. Protesters rallied in the Polish cities of Poznan and Lublin to express their anger over the treaty.

There was news we reported earlier that Hacker group Anonymous in context of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) protest are targeting the European Parliament and governments sites. The group were poking at the sites of the European government bodies and today with Greece’s Ministry of Justice site is down – we strongly think that Anonymous is ON!!! with downing the site.

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