Saturday the infamous, international Internet hactivist collective known as Anonymous launched a successful DDoS attack against the Spanish National Police website. The attack is a direct response to the Friday arrests of three individuals alleged to be associated with acts of cyber civil disobedience attributed to Anonymous.
Operation Policia (#OpPolicia) is the name for the successful DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack that paralyzed the Official National Police website (Página Oficial del Cuerpo Nacional de Policía) for hours on Saturday, making it inaccessible to visitors. The DDoS attack is a protest tactic often deployed by Anonymous.
Friday Spanish authorities announced they had arrested three men suspected of participating in cyber-attacks against the Sony PlayStation Network as well as other corporate and government websites – cyber-attacks associated with the mysterious and powerful international Internet hactivist collective known as Anonymous.
Immediately after the arrests, Anonymous issued a press release. The following is an excerpt of that release:
Greetings Spanish Government:
We know you have heard of us; We are Anonymous. It has come to our attention that you deemed it necessary to arrest three of our fellow anons, … which you claim to be the leaders of Anonymous and for their participation in DDoS attacks against various websites…
First and foremost, DDoSing is an act of peaceful protest on the Internet. The activity is no different than sitting peacefully in front of a shop denying entry. Just as is the case with traditional forms of protest…
Regardless of how many times you are told, you refuse to understand. There are no leaders of Anonymous. Anonymous is not based on personal distinction…
Arresting somebody for taking part in a DDoS attack is exactly like arresting somebody for attending a peaceful demonstration in their hometown. Anonymous believes this right to peacefully protest is one of the fundamental pillars of any democracy…
You have not detained three participants of Anonymous. We have no members and we are not a group of any kind. You have, however, detained three civilians expressing themselves…
You are providing us with the fuel, but now you must expect the fire.
Awaiting your action,
We are Legion.
We do not forgive your attacks on freedom.
We do not forget your ignorance.
- Anonymous Hackers Allegedly Target Police (huffingtonpost.com)
- Spain police crack Anonymous cell accused of hacking PlayStation (csmonitor.com)
- Spain arrests 3 Anons for Sony, bank hacks; AnonOps vows revenge (arstechnica.com)