Hackers Take Down British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Website in Protest of Julian Assange’s Arrest
Hackers protesting the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continued their reign of chaos on Thursday — crashing the website of British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The hackers took down the website for the UK Police on Wednesday. Earlier in the week they had targeted the websites for the nation’s Supreme Court, National Crime Agency and 1,633 other UK websites hosted on the same server.
Theresa May website #Offline
— Anonymous (@your_anon_net) April 19, 2019
At the time of publishing this article, May’s website had been offline for approximately an hour and a half. One of the hacktivists told the Gateway Pundit that they would be continuing to attack May’s website for the next 15 hours and are hoping to keep it offline until then.
We send a message to the UK Government.
Free Assange or chaos is coming for you
From today we will not let your ISP, your BANKS, your AIRPORTS to breath.
— Anonymous (@your_anon_net) April 15, 2019
Likewise, the Ecuadorian government was hit with 40 million cyber attacks since the arrest of Assange, according to Patricio Real, Ecuador’s deputy minister for information and communication technologies.
Over the weekend, hackers took down or defaced over 30 Ecuadorian websites including the Central Bank of Ecuador, their Ministry of Interior, the Ecuadorian Assembly in the UK and the main website for the Government of Ecuador. They also posted data dumps of 728 identification ID card numbers that appear to belong to people who work in the Ecuadorian government.
None of this was directed by WikiLeaks or Assange himself — the hackers say they are acting on their own as an act of protest.
The official website of La Maná canton in Ecuador featured a picture of Assange for over twelve hours, along with a quote from him that read, “You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making based on lies or ignorance can not lead to a good conclusion.”
Asked by TGP what their ultimate goal is with the hacks, one of the hacktivists involved, who goes by ‘Nama’ said “our attacks are just like the riots at the streets with police, but its more powerful because we can damage the government more. We can make them lose a lot of money.”
The group has said that they will be setting their sights on Sweden and the United States after the UK.
“Free Assange or chaos is coming for you!” the group has warned.
The Gateway Pundit asked if the hackers were worried about eventually being caught and they boldly asserted that they are not.
“I’m not worried, because I’m doing it for Freedom and for the people. We are not criminals,” Nama said. “Criminals should worried about getting caught. People like us should not get worried.”