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Anonymous launches a series of attacks against British and Ecuadorian targets to avenge the arrest of Julian Assange

Anonymous launches a series of attacks against British and Ecuadorian targets  to avenge the arrest of Julian Assange (Breaches and Incidents)

A member of a group calling itself the Philippine Cyber Eagles, an Anonymous offshoot with fewer than 20 Twitter followers as of Friday morning, earlier this week released a 44 MB file containing documents purportedly stolen from police agencies throughout the United Kingdom. That data dump came on the same day another self-described Anonymous group claimed to knock offline Police.UK, a Home Office website, with a distributed denial-of-service attack — a blunt digital assault technique that overwhelms sites with falsified traffic. The group once was once formidable, attacking targets such as the Church of Scientology and exfiltrating data from the private intelligence platform Stratfor. As leading members of Anonymous have been arrested, though, and would-be targets have invested in stronger defenses, the group has become increasingly marginalized. The foreign ministry, the central bank, the president’s office and other government agencies were struck with “volumetric attacks” that originated with groups “linked to Julian Assange,” the minister told AFP.

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