UK Home Office Brought To Its Knees

By: Heather Campobello - April 10, 2012

Hacktivists affiliated with Anonymous reacted against UK’s extradition policies by infiltrating the UK Home Office website.

The attack comes under the “Op Trial At Home banner, #optrialathome on Twitter, supports anti-extradition protests for Chris Tappin, Richard O’Dwyer and Gary McKinnon and was announced by a Twitter account called @AnonopUK.”

The attackers used a distributed denial of service (DDoS) tactic to disrupt the web site of the Home Office and during the evening it was showing a page unavailable message with some basic contact information.

Here are some tweets in response to the attack:

#anonymous #ddos #anonops : Anonymous attacks UK Prime Minister and Home Office website… http://t.co/PZrpdqI2, see more http://t.co/rpUv7gwg 1 day ago via The Tweeted Times Mobile ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

#Anonymous often acts as a voice of those who can’t speak out themselves. April is #ChildAbuseAwareness month, let’s help it trend. 2 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Home Office get credit for one thing – their spokesman has recognised that the #Anonymous DDoS is a form of “online protest”. #OpTrialAtHome 2 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Anonymous takes down UK Home Office website – no wonder, invasion of privacy and huge waste of taxpayer dollars: http://t.co/IoseDele 2 days ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The Home Office website http://t.co/4jVxDV4I comes back online after the #Anonymous DDoS attacks and the very slow “cyber defence” response 2 days ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Hack the home office every saturday after the Vatican, CIA and Chinese Gov. fitting targets though…expect em’.. http://t.co/Odo5JlBK 2 days ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

These are the people who want to have access to the details of all our emails, calls, texts and tweets… http://t.co/qH4C1zfT 2 days ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Anonymous plans to attack GCHQ, the government’s spy agency, on April 14th in an effort to support online privacy.

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Heather CampobelloPrior to working as a Staff Writer for WebProNews I was an English Instructor at various colleges in New York, Colorado, and Wyoming. I have a Master of Arts in English from the SUNY of New York at Buffalo and have been working in marketing, clinical research, and education for the past five years. Google:+Heather Campobello

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