Summary Box: More US Govt Websites Hacked

Published February 17, 2012 5:45PM (EST)

NEW ATTACKS: Cyberrebels from Anonymous claim that they have attacked websites for the Federal Trade Commission's consumer protection business center and the National Consumer Protection Week.

THE COMPLAINS: The protests relate to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The treaty aims to halt intellectual property theft — such as illegal film downloads — but many activists fear its provisions could be used to prosecute trivial acts such as remixing music or making online video montages.

SATIRE: On Friday, the sites had been replaced with a violent German-language video satirizing the treaty.

By Salon Staff

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