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Anonymous Plans Attacks On Government And McDonalds

Anonymous has promised weekly attacks on government targets, in protest at the extradition treaty between the UK and US, which threatens Gary McKinnon and other hackers with the prospect of facing trial in America.

We'd already heard that both the Home Office and GCHQ are in the firing line come this weekend, but they won't be the only targets. That's the word from members of UK Anonymous group AnonAteam, who spoke to ZDNet.

They said that distributed denial-of-service attacks will be targeted against not only the above two sites, but MI5, MI6, Theresa May, Number 10, the Supreme Court, McDonald's, the BNP, and others. Activists from America, Sweden, Brazil and Russia are expected to join in with the action on Saturday.

Also, UK branch member "Winston Smith" has been talking to ZDNet again.

He told them: "We've scanned [GCHQ and the Home Office]. We've uncovered paths we didn't realise were available, from the scans that we've done."

Previous Anonymous attacks on GCHQ have been unsuccessful in downing the site, so this would seem to be a promise that this time, the DDoS fire will hit home. Smith says that the activist collective has sussed GCHQ's tactics in shifting pages being attacked, and will now coordinate multiple attacks with groups across the globe.

All in all, it sounds like a busy weekend for the government IT staff. Not to mention McDonald's - do you want to super-size that DDoS, sir?

Source: ZDNet (opens in new tab)

Darren Allan

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