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article imageTunisian government websites targeted by Anonymous activists

By Kev Hedges     Jan 4, 2011 in Internet
Pivotal websites of the Tunisian government have been hacked by pro-Wikileaks activists. Sites belonging to the Ministry of Industry and the Tunisian Stock Exchange were both targeted by the Anonymous group since Monday.
Five other key government sites have also been attacked or defaced because of the "outrageous level of censorship" the Tunisian government enforces. Anonymous have also targeted the websites of the Zimbabwean government recently after Robert Mugabe's wife Grace sued a Zimbabwean newspaper for $15m over its reporting of a diplomatic cable leaked by Wikileaks. The cable had linked Mrs Mugabe wealth to the country's diamond mines. The attacks also hit Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF political party's website.
The Anonymous group said after attacking the the Zimbabwean government websites: "ZANU-PF outlawed the free press and threatens to sue anyone publishing Wikileaks."
The Tunisian government websites were attacked using the Denial of Service, or DDoS attack method where several activists bombard pages with information making them inaccessible, reports BBC Technology News.
Recently however Anonymous own websites were targeted in a similar DDoS attack, according to Netcraft.
An attack on 4chan, an anarchic website, is the second to affect it this week.
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