Members of the global group of cyber activists (“hacktivists”) operating under the banner Anonymous have threatened to take down the web sites of all Czech parliamentary parties on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in an attack dubbed “Operation Extinction.” The denial of service attack will coincide with protests by Occupy Prague calling for “social and economic justice.”
For the second time in two months hackers claiming adherence to the Anonymous movement have released personal details about members of the largest of the three parties in the ruling Czech coalition, the Civic Democrats (ODS). This time, however, details including mobile telephone numbers and personal ID card numbers were made public.
The Czech Pirate Party (ČPS) has presented its controversial new draft Internet Freedom Act, which is based on the principle that the state should not intervene in this form of “free media.” The act aims mainly to prevent spying on, censoring or disconnecting of users; it would also ban violating so-called network neutrality by transferring legal responsibility for users’ behavior onto the Internet service providers.
Protest happenings, demonstrations, seminars, interviews with journalists, TV appearances, debates with politicians – the Czech Pirate Party (ČPS) is experiencing an unprecedented boom. The commotion around the controversial international anti-piracy agreement ACTA has ensured the Pirates a place in the limelight. They say politics make for strange bedfellows; which parties are open to cooperating with the ČPS?
Servers in the Czech Republic have been targeted as part of an international clampdown on the “cyber activist” group Anonymous. Suspects in Spain, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia — alleged to have carried out attacks on government, police, businesses, and political party websites — are believed to have been coordinated and organized via the servers based in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
In the wake of attacks on the websites of the Association for the Protection of Rights for musicians (OSA), the Czech government, center-right Civic Democrats (ODS) party, and street demonstrations against the Czech Republic’s signature on the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA), the Anonymous movement has been propelled to the forefront of media attention although the exposure has not shed so much light on its its functioning and aims.
The Czech Republic and Slovakia have followed in Poland’s footsteps and become the second and third EU member states, respectively, to halt the ratification of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The decision came after the group of cyber activists Anonymous hacked the website of PM Petr Nečas’ party, the ODS, and released personal data of some 27,000 of its members. The Czech Pirate Party (ČPS) views the about-face as a cynical half-measure.
In their latest attack on the Czech coalition government, computer hackers using the moniker Anonymous have published the personal data of thousands of Civic Democrats (ODS) members to protest the center-right party’s support of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
The signing of the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA) by 22 EU member states, including the Czech Republic, has met stiff public opposition across Europe. The group Anonymous has led cyber attacks on the websites of governments, institutions and corporations, while ordinary Internet users are signing petitions. Thousands may join in a protest march organized by the Czech Pirate Party this Thursday; where do Czech Euro MPs stand?