Assange pals launch cyber-attack
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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