UK fears pro-WikiLeaks attacks on gov`t websites

Britain says government websites are at risk of cyber attack from pro-WikiLeaks hackers.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 20:43 PM IST

London: Britain says government websites
are at risk of cyber attack from pro-WikiLeaks hackers.

Prime Minister David Cameron`s office said on Monday that
national security adviser Peter Ricketts has warned
departments they could be targeted by online "hacktivists."

It follows attacks on companies including MasterCard
and PayPal, which have cut ties to the WikiLeaks site.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is scheduled to
appear at a British court on Tuesday for an extradition
hearing. He is wanted in Sweden on sex crime allegations.

Authorities fear the hearing could prompt attacks on
British websites.

Cameron`s office said it is concerned about government
websites used to file tax returns or to claim benefits, which
store sensitive personal information.

PTI