Ukrainian government websites attacked by "ANONYMOUS"
The online activist group “Anonymous” has shut down three government websites in retaliation for last week’s government shutdown of the popular Ukrainian torrent site demonoid,” where users share pirated videos.
In a video released ON Aug. 7, the group accuses the Ukrainian government of pandering to US interests and threatens the government with more attacks.
In the video released yesterday on their blog, a female voice declares the following:
“This atrocity has been carried out by the copywrong police of Ukraine, as their gift to the United Fascists of America. We will not let this go unpunished. We will seek revenge against all criminals responsible and their punishments will be severe. We can no longer sit around and watch this censorship happen right in front of us. Haven’t you, Ukraine, learned anything from the Anonymous ‘Collective? (…)"
The group managed to shut down the websites of the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association (APO), the Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights (
uacrr.kiev.ua) and The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine (nrada.gov.ua) with a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS). Only thewww.nrada.gov.ua is up and running again.”
It is not the first time Anonymous attacks websites because of Ukrainian government policy.
In June, unknown hackers took down a website related to Euro 2012, because of the government’s decision to kill stray dogs before the tournament, and in February the group attacked several government websites after its decision to close down another popular torrent site www.ex.ua, where people could share pirated videos and other materials.