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January 11, 2011

Irish opposition party Fine Gael’s site gets hacked

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by Darren Allan

Irish political party Fine Gael’s site was hacked on Sunday evening.

Something in the order of 2,000 people’s personal details were stolen in the attack on the site, according to a report in the Guardian.

Fine Gael states that the attack was carried out by the “Anonymous group.” The full statement on the party’s website read: “The Fine Gael website was professionally hacked on the evening of January 9th by an entity calling themselves the Anonymous Group.”

“The Anonymous Group has been associated with the Wikileaks investigation and attacks on companies such as Visa, MasterCard, and Amazon. The website will be offline while we follow-up with the appropriate authorities to resolve the matter.”

The loose collection of net activists known as Anonymous downed Tunisian government websites last week. However, there’s no obvious reason why they’d target the Irish opposition party. Also, Anonymous has previously hit websites via denial of service, not hacking.

Furthermore, there’s no mention of the attack on the Anonymous Twitter account or AnonNews site. One poster on the latter noted: “I think something to the effect that ‘anyone’ can do a defacing and call themselves ‘Anonymous’.”

Those whose personal details have been involved in the attack have been notified by Fine Gael.

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