Tunisian officials had hoped to stifle the growing unrest against their government with large-scale censorship of the Internet, as well as moves against the foreign media which sought to cover the protests.
In addition to riling up the public all the more with such draconian measures, the government also appears to have caught the attention of “Anonymous,” the group which had been clashing with opponents of WikiLeaks and launching attacks on the websites of companies moving against them.
Since they started, Anonymous is said to have knocked down at least seven websites, including the Tunisian Ministry of Industry and government-run Stock Exchange. The group said the attacks were directly related to the efforts at censorship and warned that “attacks at the freedom of speech and information of (Tunisia’s) citizens will not be tolerated.”
It is the second time Anonymous has moved against a country in recent days. Last week they attacked the Zimbabwean government’s websites in retaliation for that country’s moves against a newspaper that reported the WikiLeaks cables.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Trump Wants High-Profile Meeting With Putin at G20 Summit - June 26th, 2017
- House Spending Bill Threatens to Suspend Nuclear Treaty With Russia - June 26th, 2017
- Bahrain Accuses Qatar of Seeking 'Military Escalation' - June 26th, 2017
- White House Appears to Be Planning Attack on Assad - June 26th, 2017
- Top Senator Blocks Gulf Arms Sales Over Qatar Crisis - June 26th, 2017