Shortly after Ukrainian authorities raided the datacenter that housed the servers of the world-renowned BitTorrent tracker Demonoid, Anonymous launched Operation Demonoid. The websites of three institutions have been targeted with distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks and the hacktivists promise there’s more to come.
In a video released on the AnonPR blog, the hackers name the raid performed by Ukrainian authorities an “atrocity […] carried out by the copywrong police of Ukraine, as their gift to the United Fascists of America.”
“We will not let this go unpunished. We will seek revenge against all criminals responsible and their punishments will be severe. We can no longer sit around and watch this censorship happen right in front of us. Haven’t you, Ukraine, learned anything from the Anonymous ‘Collective’?” the hackers said.
“Ukranian Government, you have committed a crime against Humanity & Freedom. We will not tolerate this. We will take direct actions against you and your criminal friends until you realize the crimes you’ve committed and restore our beloved Demonoid,” they concluded.
So far, the list of victims includes the Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights (UACRR), the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association (APO), and the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine (NRADA). Of these, only the site of NRADA is currently online, the other two being taken offline as a result of DDOS attacks.
As the hackers highlight, this isn’t the first time when the Ukrainian government becomes a target of Anonymous. OpUkraine, a campaign meant as a form of protest against the acts of animal abuse committed by the country in preparation for the EURO 2012 football event, was carried out by the hacktivists a few months ago.
OpUkraine is now back, offering support for those involved in OpDemonoid.
Here is the video released by Anonymous for OpDemonoid: