(The Hosting News) – Three top government websites belonging to the British government recently faced downtime after being attacked by notorious hacking group Anonymous over the weekend.
Included among them were sites for the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, homeoffice.gov.uk and the UK Ministry of Justice, according to a report from PCWorld.
The obvious tactic used? DDoS. According to the Guardian, attempting to access homeoffice.gov.uk resulted in a message telling users the site was unavailable because of large amounts of traffic.
The loosely based coalition of hacktivists apparently carried out the operation in response to extradition proceedings against three British citizens. Richard O’Dwyer is wanted in the U.S. for charges related to TVShack, a website that provides links to allegedly pirated media while Christopher Tappin’s charges pertain to the selling of weapons technology to the country of Iran.
Meanwhile, Gary McKinnon is wanted for hacking a network belonging to the U.S. military.
“You should not give UK citizens to foreign countries without evidence. If an offence happened in the UK, so should the trial,” one Twitter message in support of the operation read according to the Guardian. There were also other indications that the attacks were made in response to the United Kingdom’s policies on surveillance.
Despite the downtime, the sites appeared to return to normal functionality as of Sunday.
Anonymous has maintained a high profile as one of the most effective hacktivist groups in the online community, usually basing attacks on political motives. The latest push by Anonymous follows the breaching of various Chinese websites just last week apparently in response to the country’s human right’s record. In March, wireless provider Verizon released a report on stolen data during the course of 2011. According to the company, 58% of leaked information could be attributed to the hacktivist community.