‘Internet Gathering’ Anonymous has been blamed for the recent attack on Irish political party Fine Gael’s website.
Fine Gael confirmed that the hackers had gained access to the contact details of around 2,000 subscribers to the newly revamped site during a four-hour cyber attack on Sunday evening.
In a statement, the party said that its site had been “professionally hacked on the evening of 9 January by an entity calling themselves the Anonymous Group.”
During the attack, visitors to the site were greeted with the usual question mark-for-a-head image used by Anonymous and a message attacking Fine Gael.
“Nothing is safe, you put your faith in this political party and they take no measures to protect you. They offer you free speech yet they censor your voice. WAKE UP!” it read.
But a comment posted on the Anon News site suggests that the self-styled ‘Online Living Consciousness’ may not be behind the attack, and has asked for clarification from fellow Anons.
There has also been an uncharacteristic lack of bragging on the multiple Anonymous-related Twitter accounts - including the usually reliable @AnonyOps - leading us to believe that the attack was likely not orchestrated by the group, but by others using Anonymous propaganda to serve their own agenda.
Fine Gael has contacted both the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the Garda Computer Crime Unit following the attack, and has said that the site will remain offline while the party continues to follow-up with the appropriate authorities.