European parliament website under cyber attack

European flags fly in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
European flags fly in front of the European Parliament in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg on January 16. The European parliament website came under cyber attack Thursday but hackers failed to penetrate the assembly's internal network, a spokesman said.

The European parliament website came under cyber attack Thursday but hackers failed to penetrate the assembly's internal network, a spokesman said.

"This morning the parliament's site came under attack with massive consultation bids," spokesman Jaume Duch told AFP.

"But the hackers were unable to penetrate the parliament's inner network which continued to operate normally internally," he said, adding that an inquiry was under way.

The attack came the day of the signing in Tokyo of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which aims to create international standards for , but some groups oppose it as limiting Internet freedoms.

The pact has has sent thousands of protesters into the street this week in Poland, where dozens of websites shrouded their pages in black in protest.

However, there was no mention of an attack on the European parliament by the Anonymous.

Its Facebook page said: "Mad about ACTA? Focus actions on the EU Commission (DG Trade) & Council of EU, NOT the -- they can still say no to ACTA."

Members of the parliament have not yet voted on the agreement and might not tackle the issue until their June session.


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Jan 26, 2012
I'm so sick of seeing the word "Anonymous" in every one of these articles. Hacktivism and scriptkid mischief of DDOS isn't the same as a wide spread, organized, perhaps government sanctioned, invasion of another sovereign nations computer and cyberized systems. The "Cyber-War" experts like Richard Clark have been warning about for years seems to be just around the corner...

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