Slovenia Comes of Age – Government Sites Targeted by Anonymous

When Slovenia signed on to Acta last week, did they actually think nobody would notice? Or maybe just hoping that most of Anonymous’s hackers simply wouldn’t know where (or what) Slovenia was?

From the video:

We encourage anyone out there, for the freedom of yourself or for the freedom of your brothers and sisters in Slovenia to join our operation. We encourage you to spread the word of ANTI-ACTA far and wide. The top priority is to steal and leak any classified government informations, including e-mails and documentations. If the decision of Slovenian Parliament and the representatives in European Parliament will not be a clear NO, we will disrupt and attack Slovenian government websites, leaking documentations and e-mails. We will show the government of Slovenia that they can not censor the people. To Slovenian government, this is your last chance… reject ACTA or face consequences from the people. OPERATION ANTI-ACTA has begun!

Last week Kader Arif, the EU rapporteur, or investigator, for ACTA resigned from his job in disgust after submitting his report. From his resignation:

I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement: no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament’s demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly.

As rapporteur of this text, I have faced never-before-seen manoeuvres from the right wing of this Parliament to impose a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens’ legitimate demands.”

Everyone knows the ACTA agreement is problematic, whether it is its impact on civil liberties, the way it makes Internet access providers liable, its consequences on generic drugs manufacturing, or how little protection it gives to our geographical indications.

This agreement might have major consequences on citizens’ lives, and still, everything is being done to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. That is why today, as I release this report for which I was in charge, I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade.

The ACTA still has to be ratified by the European Parliament this summer before taking effect, so time remains for this to actually be discussed openly and honestly.

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