German Police Seize Pirate Party Servers Days Before The Election... Because Anonymous Was Chatting?

from the oh-come-on dept

Early this morning, news started breaking that the German police had seized the German Pirate Party's servers. The timing was interesting, in that it happened just two days before an election, which certainly seems questionable. The details, so far, suggest that the action wasn't against the party, but due to a French complaint, because Anonymous was using the Etherpad installation on the server, PiratenPad, to communicate and plan. If you're unfamiliar with Etherpad, it's a pretty popular online collaboration tool. I've used it for other things, including preparing notes for conferences. It's ridiculous overkill to seize an entire server because of the way some people were using Etherpad. It makes no sense, and shows (once again) how law enforcement seems to overreact to things they just don't understand.

Filed Under: anonymous, etherpad, france, germany, pirate party, seizure


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    Anonymous Coward, 21 May 2011 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Re:

    Looks like you're wrong. Things are different now.

    "In response to the takeover of its servers, the German Pirate Party has been tweeting up some sturm und drang today, and its "#servergate" hashtag is the second highest "trending" tag in Germany.

    Not surprisingly, the main German police website is now down, as is the website of federal investigators (the BKA). As one Anon put it in a tweet, "#Anonymous to german police: 'Let me introduce myself...' #servergate #PoliceMeetsCocks." "

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/05/german-police-seize-pirate-party-servers-lookin g-at-anons-toolkit.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

    The first time I clicked on the Twitter link just now I got the message that the Twitter servers were too flooded to render the website (forgot the exact message). Only upon refreshing did the rendition show up.

    Not only did the government fail at preventing Anonymous from attacking (they still conducted their attacks, though I disapprove of their activity), they actively brought more attention and publicity to the pirate party and further advanced their popularity. Their intent may have been to retard the efforts of the pirate party, but the result was that it only enhanced their efforts. The pirate party actually used this to their advantage to campaign for better laws and due process and to advertise themselves as the party to deliver such. Expect the pirate party to receive even more votes. It's called the Streisand effect.

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