Operation PaybackPress Release:Anonymous Attacks NZ Government Websites
Auckland, NZ – With the passage of The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill by the New Zealand Parliament, Anonymous has launched a major operation to chastise the government of New Zealand for this act of oppression .Operating under the flagship “Operation Payback”, Anonymous has targeted the domain of the New Zealand parliament for internet silence.On Saturday, April 30 at 23:59 UTC, the website was rendered inoperable by a successful denial of service effort.In a video address published minutes before the attack , Anonymous asserted: “Guilty until proven innocent – we shall never accept this, and nobody should.”Promising a continued large-scale effort, Anonymous is planning a sustained campaign which is likely to include activist action on the ground.Security services protecting the parliament website were “confident [the] website will stand up”, with “adequate firewalls in place” .However, like many organizations and individuals before them, they have committed the dire error of underestimating Anonymous. Unable to resist the anger of the masses, system administrators proceeded to cut their own website off from international traffic soon after the attack began.This effectively accomplished much of our work for us. This cowardly act also demonstrated a willingness on part of the New Zealand governement to isolate themselves from the international community in order to maintain control over their citizenry.Unwilling to confront their defeat, the security services promptly buried their head in the sand, denying that any attack ever took place. The extent of their humiliation became painfully obvious to everyone but them when an independent news source finally acknowledged an Anonymous victory .In addition to the protests against the NZ parliament; Anonymous also protested the website of NZ FACT (New Zealand Federation against Copyright Theft) an organization which actively encourages the persuing of “file sharers” and encourages punitive punishments.Service was denied to this website for over 10 hours and counting (at time of release).Operation Payback is a long-standing Anonymous action, members of which have taken it upon themselves to defend freedom of information on the internet.The operation was involved in the high-profile actions against Visa and Mastercard upon their withdrawal of support to Wikileaks.Operation Payback has successfully challenged and in some cases destroyed legal firms and online security companies.Sources:1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKoWvOIL41Y2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHKhbxr7Gxg3. Threat to bring down Parliament website taken seriously. NZ Hearald. Wednesday Apr 27, 2011. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=107218084. Parliament’s site Under Attack: Hackers Claim Responsibility. Scoop. May 3, 2011. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1105/S00029/parliaments-site-under-attack-hackers-claim-responsibility.htm
Letter to New Zealanders
To all New Zealanders,
As of April 14, 2011, a crime has been committed against you; the Copyright Amendment Bill, has enabled law enforcement to cut off the Internet access of any New Zealander accused of piracy and fine you up to $15,000, without solid evidence.
In addition, your government appears to feel that it is acceptable to control users’ Internet activity. With the help of larger corporations, the government will start logging IP addresses to initiate lawsuits. Any download, including those necessary to view media streams via Youtube or other social media sites, can be viewed as infringement of copyright laws – whether or not the download is legal – under the presumption of file transferring or sharing.
This law directly contradicts the ideals that Anonymous holds true, such as Internet freedom for all.
The ‘accused’ are additionally having their basic human rights violated by being presumed guilty until proven innocent. Furthermore, by suspending an account holder, rather than the access of those who are downloading, the account holder is deemed to be guilty of an offence they have not necessarily been proven to have committed.
Such actions are not those of a democracy but rather the characteristics of a lobbyist totalitarian state. Many of you have already begun to protest in order to shed light on this bill, which was hastily passed under the guise of a national emergency, with little public notice. You must join your fellow New Zealanders and show that you will stand against such outrageous behaviour, and deter other nations’ governments from following. New Zealand has long been seen as a world leader when it comes to equality and human rights; let’s not have this perception change now. Continue your protests with the knowledge that you are not alone – Anonymous and Internet users everywhere will stand in support of this movement.
Your civil liberties and privacy are under attack. Do not let those that you have voted into office silence you.
An info poster can be found here: http://goo.gl/kKj1F
Additional news sources are here:
General – http://www.facebook.com/NZBlackout
Auckland – https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205011036200335
Christchurch – https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=211282055556203
Dunedin – https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215353565144593
Wellington – https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149169298483262