February 18, 2012
Anonymous Takes Down FTC Websites
Hacktivist group Anonymous claimed it has broken into websites of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
The group said it attacked the FTC's consumer protection business center and the National Consumer Protection Week websites.Both of the sites were replaced with a violent German-language video that criticized the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
This agreement was signed by several countries, but its restrictions on online piracy have met criticism from hacktivists.
An FTC spokeswoman confirmed the attacks to the Associated Press (AP) on Friday morning, calling the acts malicious.
"The Bureau of Consumer Protection's Business Center website and the partnership site NCPW run by the Federal Trade Commission were hacked earlier today," the agency said in a statement.
"The FTC takes these malicious acts seriously. The sites have been taken down and will be brought back up when we're satisfied that any vulnerability has been addressed."
Anonymous said the motivation for the attack was the FTC's reluctance to block Google from altering its terms of service to allow it to combine user information from its multiple services.
It also said it was motivated by the agency's alleged inaction on Do Not Call requests made online.
The hacktivist took down servers belonging to at least seven domains, which are used for internal use.
This is the second attack on the FTC-owned site within a month. The group hacked OnguardOnline.com, which is owned by the FTC, on January 24.
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