As­sange pals launch cy­ber-at­tack

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SUP­PORT­ERS of fugi­tive sex sus­pect Ju­lian As­sange have launched cy­ber at­tacks on Gov­ern­ment web­sites.

Hack­ing group Anony­mous sent codes de­signed to clog up the Min­istry of Jus­tice, 10 Down­ing Street, the Home Of­fice and the Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions web­sites.

One au­to­mated pro­gramme al­lowed users to bom­bard the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial web­site with 1,000 ser­vice re­quests per sec­ond – launch­ing the pro­gramme with a “Fire!!!” but­ton.

The soft­ware as­saults – known as de­nial of ser­vice at­tacks – were an­nounced on Twit­ter by hack­ers us­ing the phrase “Tango Down”.

The hack­ers claimed to be lo­cated in var­i­ous coun­tries and pro­moted de­tails of the as­sault us­ing Twit­ter hash­tags such as #OpFreeAs­sange.

Aus­tralian As­sange – cur­rently holed up in the Ecuadorean Em­bassy where he has been granted po­lit­i­cal asy­lum – is wanted for ques­tion­ing in Swe­den over al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault made by two women.

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