Anonymous attacks UK Prime Minister and Home Office websites with DDoS assault

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Anonymous hacktivists have launched a distributed denial-of-service attack against the websites of 10 Downing Street and the British government’s Home Office website, preventing legitimate users from visiting the sites by flooding them with unwanted internet traffic.

The hacktivists, operating under the Anonymous banner, say that they have launched the action in support of Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon and TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer who face extradition from the UK to the United States. The attackers have rallied others to join the denial-of-service attack via social networks such as Twitter.

One message read:

TANGO DOWN - http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk For your draconian surveillance proposals! Told you to #ExpectUs!

At the time of writing, the...

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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