Hackers knock German politician’s site off web
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. – Reuters
Sites like this are necessary because pupils were exposed to a ‘one-sided leftgreen world view’.
Georg Pazderski Deputy leader, Alternative for Germany party
Lesufi Panyaza Gauteng Education MEC