Hack­ers knock Ger­man politi­cian’s site off web

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

A far-right Ger­man politi­cian’s web­site that let pupils de­nounce teach­ers for be­ing too po­lit­i­cal was knocked off­line within hours of its launch by what its creator said was a hacker at­tack.

Yes­ter­day, the web­site, launched by Ste­fan Rap­ple, who rep­re­sents the Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD) party in the re­gional par­lia­ment of Baden-Wurt­tem­berg, was show­ing a mes­sage promis­ing to re­turn shortly.

“Our site was hit by a hacker at­tack,” the mes­sage read.

Jus­tice min­is­ter Kata­rina Bar- ley la­belled the de­nun­ci­a­tion tac­tic a “tool of dic­ta­tors” fa­mil­iar from Com­mu­nist East Ger­many and the Nazi era.

AfD deputy leader Ge­org Pazder­ski de­fended the site as nec­es­sary be­cause pupils in many schools were ex­posed to a “one-sided left-green world view”.

Reuters was un­able to con­firm in­de­pen­dently that the site had been hacked, and if so, by whom.

One of Ger­many’s most se­nior spies has promised a de­ci­sion by the end of the year on whether the AfD should be mon­i­tored for un­con­sti­tu­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

The party – mind­ful of the penal­ties, in­clud­ing a full ban it could face if it were found to be un­con­sti­tu­tional or anti-demo­cratic by the do­mes­tic se­cu­rity ser­vices – has set up a work­ing group to try to ward off the threat of ob­ser­va­tion.

The site mir­rors tac­tics used by other far-right par­ties to com­pete for pub­lic at­ten­tion.

In the Nether­lands, anti-im­mi­gra­tion politi­cian Geert Wilders in­vited peo­ple to de­nounce “nui­sance” im­mi­grants in their neigh­bour­hoods. The site he cre­ated, though short-lived, dra­mat­i­cally raised his do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional pro­file.

Sites like this are nec­es­sary be­cause pupils were ex­posed to a ‘one-sided left­green world view’. Ge­org Pazder­ski Deputy leader, Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many party

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