Polish Government Websites Under Apparent Attack

By Salon Staff
January 22, 2012 5:18PM (UTC)
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Several Polish government websites appear to have been attacked by a group opposing the country's support for a treaty aimed at protecting international intellectual property rights.

The websites, including that of the parliament and the prime minister, were inaccessible or unusually slow Sunday.

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It was an apparent sign that they had been subjected to denial of service attacks, which flood sites with traffic in a bid to make them unresponsive.

The disruptions came after Anonymous, a loose collection of online activists, vowed to wage "a full scale attack on Poland's government" to protest its plans to sign the treaty, known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA.

Critics fear the treaty could lead to censorship on the Internet because it also targets online piracy.


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