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Anonymous Attacks Tunisian Government Sites

Internet gathering Anonymous has declared war against the Tunisian government after the country tried to block access to leaked WikiLeaks cables.

Returning to computer-based attacks after experimenting with fax machines and pretending to be postmen, members of the group congregated on an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) forum to discuss possible targets for its distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

According to Internet security outfit Sophos, the official government website and that of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have both been taken down by DDoS attacks.

In a statement on the Anonnews site, the self styled ‘Online Living Consciousness’ said that the attack is in response to “oppression” imposed by the Tunisian government.

“The Tunisian government wants to control the present with falsehoods and misinformation in order to impose the future by keeping the truth hidden from its citizens,” the statement helpfully explains. “We will not remain silent while this happens.”

“This is a warning to the Tunisian government: attacks at the freedom of speech and information of its citizens will not be tolerated,” it continues.

“It's on the hands of the Tunisian government to stop this situation. Free the net, and attacks will cease, keep on that attitude and this will just be the beginning.”