Following the electoral success of the Communists, hackers saying they were from the group Anonymous attacked the website of the party’s Brno branch on Saturday. The hackers placed a message on the site calling those who had voted for the Communists idiots who were not watching which way the Czech Republic was headed. They said that communism had halted progress in the country for decades, and that the modern-day Communist Party was attempting to do likewise.
The website of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions was reportedly hit by a hacking attack at noon on Wednesday. According to specialists analysing the event, the attack stemmed from an IP address connected to the Czech Ministry of Labour. The website, called obboryplus, which reportedly has around 3000 online members, registered thousands attacks at around noon, resulting in a loss of service for around fifteen minutes. The technical analyst firm analysing the events has said that such an attack was very likely coordinated. The Ministry of Labour has responded by stating that such allegations have yet to be substantiated, but that if proven, it will investigate the incident.
Hackers using the moniker Anonymous shut down the governing parties’ websites on Saturday. The Civic Democratic Party and TOP 09 took their sites offline for security reasons after it became apparent that a strong attack was underway. The website of the Communist Party was also down Saturday afternoon, while the Public Affairs website was slow. Anonymous warned of the attack ahead of time as part of an initiative called “Together for Change! We Want Real Democracy!” The opposition Social Democrats said they did not condone the attack, but that they considered it an expression of a broad feeling of helplessness and dissatisfaction in society.
A hacker who goes by the pseudonym of p1r@t3z'sec has managed to enter the website of Czech TV. On Saturday, instead of finding a video archive on the site, visitors instead saw a video declaration by hackers, drawing attention to poor online security. In the video, voice demands for information to be freely accessible and news coverage to be objective and truthful are voiced. Until that is the case, hackers will not step down and continue hacking relevant websites. Some say that the hacker’s attack may be connected to this week’s anti-government protests. Among the demands of demonstrators were far-reaching changes in the management of Czech TV.
Hackers have attacked the website of the music rights management company Intergram. The attackers published the company’s database online in response to a call from the international ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous to take over the sites of “corrupt corporations and government systems”. A message left on the Intergram site said that the group was “eliminating obsolete power structures and business mechanisms that have proven a hindrance to human development”. Similar attacks have frequently occurred in recent weeks to protest the international ACTA treaty, which is aimed at combating counterfeiting and online piracy.
A data leak earlier this month that exposed private information relating to roughly 30,000 members of the Civic Democratic (ODS) party may not have peen perpetrated by the hacking group Anonymous after all. This, according to a several police experts working on the case cited by the daily Právo - and despite the fact that Anonymous have claimed responsibility for the hacking. Rather, according to these investigators, the leak may have come from someone working within the political party. Jan Kočí, the Civic Democrats' chief managing officer, has denied these allegations, while the Czech police have made no official comment.
People in twenty Czech cities have joined the international protests against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement ACTA. Critics say the treaty, which aims to establish international standards to enforce intellectual property rights, amounts to internet censorship and is in violation of privacy laws. Government websites in many countries have been hacked in protest. Although the Czech Republic signed the agreement in Tokyo in late January, its ratification in this country will not be easy. The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection has described it as problematic with regard to existing legal guarantees of individual rights and Prime Minister Petr Nečas said last week the government would suspend ratification until it had analyzed the possible impacts of the treaty.
The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection has issued a statement on its website saying that ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was unbalanced regarding existing legal guarantees of individual rights. In the view of the office, the agreement determined new powers, including repressive tools, in unclear terms, one reason why the bureau will continue to monitor the issue. On Monday, Prime Minister Petr Nečas said the government will suspend ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Responding to a wave of protests in the Czech Republic and elsewhere, the Prime Minister said that the government would not allow a situation where civic freedoms and free access to information would be threatened and added that the government will still analyse the issue and its potential impact on daily life.
Hackers using the moniker Anonymous published the personal information of thousands of members of the Civic Democratic Party on Monday to protest the party’s support for ACTA. A list including the names and addresses of nearly 30,000 members was sent to media outlets along with a message for Czech politicians to reject the agreement. Hackers attacked the Civic Democrat homepage last Thursday and were incensed by the party’s spokesman having said it was a good advertisement. The new attack asks how the party can be capable of running the country when it is unable to secure its own IT system.
Hackers attacked the website of the Czech government as well as the online presence of OSA, a Czech copyrights holders association, on Thursday night. Both websites were up and running again by Friday morning. Behind the attack are hackers associated with the activist group Anonymous, which has been targeting websites of such organizations as the FBI, the White House and various record labels and copyrights holders in a reaction to a recent blocking of the online content sharing service Megaupload.com. The loosely organized group Anonymous has been linked to attacks around the world aimed at punishing governments for policies they disagree with. The attacks on Czech websites are believed to be connected to the Czech Republic signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Tokio on Thursday. The agreement aims to establish international standards on intellectual property rights enforcements.