Activists block Dutch government websites
6 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government's websites were still unavailable on Wednesday after coming under attack from computer hackers protesting against budget cutbacks.
6 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government's websites were still unavailable on Wednesday after coming under attack from computer hackers protesting against budget cutbacks.
The Government Information Service (RVD) said system administrators have been trying since Tuesday to repulse the attack, but have not yet been successful, RTL News reported.
The websites overheid.nl and regering.nl (the Dutch-language version of government.nl) have been offline since late Monday morning.
The sites have been made inaccessible by activists overloading them by continuously calling up pages, a text version of the government.nl ezine reported Tuesday. This is known as a denial of service attack.
Calling themselves the 0x1fe Crew, the activists announced earlier they would keep the websites offline until Saturday to protest against stringent budget cutbacks. The RVD hopes to have both sites back online as soon as possible.
The website 0x1fe.org has been taken offline after complaints about it publishing computer programmes that could be used to disrupt the internet. The administrators of the website have denied any involvement in the protest.
They suspect that the hackers obtained their "ammunition" from the website and are now misusing the name.
The details of visitors to the website 0x1fe.org website have been handed over to a computer security company that is assisting police in its investigation.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news