Quoted: Anonymous acts over ACTA, taking down FTC sites

“If ACTA is signed by all participating negotiating countries, you can rest
assured that Antisec will bring a [expletive deleted] mega-uber-awesome war that rain torrential hellfire down on all enemies of free speech, privacy and internet
freedom. We will systematically knock all evil corporations and governments off
of our internet.”

— from a statement by Anonymous posted on Pastebin today. Hacking group Anonymous — via the Antisec movement — has taken action against ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that aims to standardize government anti-piracy rules, in the same way it protested against proposed U.S. legislation SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act): by attacking government websites. Some sites run by the FTC are down after earlier today showing profanity-laced messages from Anonymous, according to ZDNet. In a statement posted on its Facebook account this morning, the FTC confirms the hacks: “The Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Business Center website and the partnership site NCPW run by the Federal Trade Commission were hacked earlier today.” Opponents of ACTA say it could threaten online freedom, perhaps leading to censorship, and harm innovation.  Many are bothered by what they see to be a lack of transparency in how the treaty came to be. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, for example, says there have been “three years of non-transparent negotiations” concerning ACTA, and says it has been pushed by “monopoly industry lobbyists.” The United States, along with several other countries, signed on to ACTA last year. Last month — and on the heels of protests that successfully shelved SOPA and PIPA in the United States — nearly all of the European Union member countries signed on to ACTA, prompting widespread and continuing protests, including within European governments.


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