'Anonymous' hackers briefly hijack French Elysee website

Jan 21, 2012
French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, pictured, on Friday denounced those behind the file-sharing site Megaupload.com as delinquents, backing the US decision to shut it down.

The shadowy online hackers group Anonymous briefly hijacked the French presidential website on Friday in apparent retaliation for the US shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload.

The slogan "We Are Legion," the group's online rallying cry, was inserted into the navigation bar of the official Elysee site's (elysee.fr).

Before the end of the day, the site had been restored to normal.

The group's action appeared to be linked to France's stance on the US clampdown on file-sharing.

French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand on Friday denounced those behind the file-sharing site Megaupload.com as delinquents, backing the US decision to shut it down.

"It is , it is theft," the minister said in an interview with BFM TV, denouncing what he called the site's massive violations of copyright law.

"The truth is that they are stealing on a large scale," he added.

The and FBI indicted seven people for "massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites".

Washington wants the of four of the company's senior figures from New Zealand to face prosecution for online piracy, racketeering and that could carry jail time of up to 20 years.

The Anonymous group had earlier shut down the FBI and Justice Department websites for several hours.

Explore further: Turkey hosts Internet forum, despite online crackdown

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

US shutdown of sharing site draws hacker retaliation

Jan 20, 2012

US authorities have shut down one of the largest file-sharing websites and charged seven people with copyright crimes, sparking a retaliatory cyber attack on the FBI and Justice Department websites. ...

Hong Kong freezes $42 mln in Megaupload raids

Jan 21, 2012

Hong Kong Customs officers have raided offices, domestic premises and luxury hotel suites as part of a worldwide FBI Internet piracy investigation into file-sharing site Megaupload.com.

Anonymous, loose-knit group of 'hacktivists'

Jan 20, 2012

Anonymous, which briefly knocked the FBI and Justice Department websites offline in retaliation for the US shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload, is a shadowy group of international hackers with no central ...

Renowned attorney Bennett to represent Megaupload

Jan 20, 2012

(AP) -- One of the nation's most prominent defense lawyers will represent file-sharing website Megaupload on charges that the company used its popular site to orchestrate a massive piracy scheme that enabled millions of ...

Recommended for you

Startups offer banking for smartphone users

Aug 30, 2014

The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go. Some things ...

'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

Aug 29, 2014

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as far away as Swaziland.

Ecuador heralds digital currency plans (Update)

Aug 29, 2014

Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, ...

User comments : 0