Polish Government Rethinks ACTA Support after Anonymous Attacks

An attack on multiple government web sites in Poland by hacktivist group Anonymous has made the Polish government rethink its position on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the negotiated-in-secret anti-piracy framework. (ACTA) is a treaty that would institute international standards regarding intellectual property protection enforcement. In October of last year the U.S., Japan, Australia, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea agreed to move forward with the proposal during a meeting in Tokyo. Last week the Polish government announced plans to join in the agreement on Jan. 26. This did not sit well with Anonymous.

Over the weekend Anonymous took down several government websites and infiltrated the laptop of Michal Boni, Poland's Minister of Administration and Digitization. Anonymous took credit for the hacks via a message on Twitter over the weekend:

"Dear Polish government, we will continue to disrupt and interfere with your government official websites until the 26th. Do not pass ACTA."

The group also posted a video message on YouTube saying the following:

"Creating legal uncertainty for Internet companies, ACTA would become a major threat to freedom of expression online and another assault against the culture of sharing on the Internet. Poland believes that they can successfully get away with passing this agreement, however this will not occur… From this point until January 26th, we will disrupt and attack Polish government websites, leaking documentations and emails. We will show the government of Poland that they can't censor the people. To Polish government, this is your last chance…reject ACTA or face consequence from the people. Operation Anti-ACTA."

When the news was made public today, Anonymous updated its Twitter feed with the statement:

"Thanks to our actions Michal Boni (Minister of Digitalization), has said he'll talk about ACTA with Prime Minister tomorrow."

Source: PC Magazine

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