ANONYMOUS TARGETS IRAN
by Curt Hopkins
April 30, 2011
The same week that
Freedom House called Iran the world's worst Internet offender, the
hacking group Anonymous has begun striking at the country. Officially
set to begin on Sunday, some reports indicate the politically-inspired
hacking has already commenced, with messages left on several of the
websites previously defaced by Iran's government-supported "Cyber Army."
The sites already hacked show this message:
Anonymous moved from attacking businesses that withdrew their services from embattled Wikileaks leader Julian Assange to attacking countries. Initially they targeted Zimbabwe and Tunisia, later Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain. They have focused on countries notorious for their restrictions on free speech.
If "Operation Iran" goes the same way that past attacks have, distributed denial of services attacks will be aimed at key, and high profile, government websites.