London: Cyber rebels from Anonymous announced today the group has carried out a new series of attacks against US government websites to protest a global copyright treaty.
Anonymous said in a statement posted to the Internet that it had attacked websites for the Federal Trade Commission`s consumer protection business centre and the National Consumer Protection Week.
The Trade Commission confirmed that the sites had been compromised, saying in an email that they had been taken down and wouldn`t be brought back "until we`re satisfied that any vulnerability has been addressed."
Earlier today, the sites had been replaced with a violent German-language video satirising the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA.
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 on-line video montages.