Online group used DDoS attacks to support anti-government protests
The online group Anonymous has said that it was responsible for the shutdown of Egyptian government’s websites on Wednesday.
A member of the group Gregg Housh said Anonymous gathered about 500 supporters online to bring down the websites of the Ministry of Information and President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party.
Housh disavows any illegal activity himself.
The group claims the move was in support of the antigovernment protests. The sites were unavailable Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by The New York Times.
Last month, the group shut down the websites of the Tunisian government in support of the uprising there.
Housh said, "We’re sick of oppressive governments encroaching on people."
Anonymous also struck against MasterCard, Visa and PayPal last year after the companies refused to process donations to WikiLeaks.
FBI has said the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks could lead to criminal charges.