Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Anonymous Targets Finland Over Anti-Piracy Efforts: Cyber-Activists Attacked the Websites of Finnish Anti-Piracy Groups After a Local Internet Service Provider Was Forced to Block Access to a Popular File-Sharing Website.



""Antti Kotilainen, a spokesman for the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC), told AFP that websites run by his organisation and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) had been "down since Monday".

"It isn't the first time this has happened ... We have no precise information who is behind this," he added.

Meanwhile a group of hacker activists, or "hacktivists," known as Anonymous Finland claimed responsibility on the microblogging site Twitter for the attacks, insisting about the CIAPC site: "We'll keep it down as long as we want".



In May 2011, the CIAPC and IFPI brought a case against Elisa, a major Finnish Internet service provider, seeking to block its customers from accessing the Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay.

Following a ruling by the Helsinki District Court last October ordering Elisa to block access to Pirate Bay or face a 100,000-euro ($130,000) fine, the service provider announced Monday it would temporarily block access to the site. The websites of both plaintiffs in the anti-piracy case later became inaccessible, apparently due to the "Elisagate" campaign launched by the cyber-activists claiming an anti-censorhip agenda.""


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