06 Mar 2011

Hacker group Anonymous strikes again

The hacker group known as Anonymous, recently attacked the Americans for Prosperity website, according to MSNBC.

AFP, which is funded by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, is a conservative advocacy group that has spent more than $400,000 in television advertisements for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.

Anonymous reportedly was able to disable the AFP website temporarily through a distributed denial of service attack. Following the attack, the hacker group released a statement that read, “Their actions to undermine the legitimate political process in Wisconsin are the final straw.”

“Americans for Prosperity will not be intimidated and will not be deterred from our effort to support responsible economic policies, including the efforts of Governor Walker and other democratically elected leaders in that state to balance the budget through common-sense reforms,” said AFP president Tim Phillips in response to the attack.

Anonymous has also hacked the websites of MasterCard and Visa in response to the companies eliminating payment options for donations to WikiLeaks. Also, the group recently attacked the cyber security firm HB Gary, publishing thousands of inappropriate emails.