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article imageFinland’s Internet operators re-connect WikiLeaks activists

By Martin Laine     Dec 13, 2010 in Politics
Subscribers to Finland’s internet providers were blocked from connecting to a website for pro-WikiLeaks activists over the weekend. Officials say the action was unintentional, and service has now been resumed.
A loosely-organized group of supporters of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks known as Anonymous has been targeting cyber attacks against companies that have been blocking donations in support of WikiLeaks.
Officials at Sonero and Welho – Finland’s two major Internet service providers, say access to the group’s website was inadvertently blocked when it was included on a list of websites whose permission to operate had been revoked by outside companies, according to an article in the Helsingin Sanomat.
“As soon as we heard our clients had been blocked, we removed the inhibition,” said Vesa Vuoti, a security official at DNA, another Finnish Internet provider. “We do not wish to filter that kind of link.
Antti Kiuru, a security specialist at the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, said the pages of Anonymous are not illegal.
“The purpose of such revocation lists is to reject other types of data security threats,” Kiuru said.
He estimated that dozens of Finns may be participating in the cyber-attacks. That, he added, is illegal under Finnish law.
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