Victims Of GCHQ's Denial Of Service Attacks Start Asking Who Are The Real Criminals?
from the doesn't-seem-right dept
Chris Weatherhead was sentenced to 18 months in prison for participating in a DDoS against Paypal, Mastercard and Visa (one of the first big Anonymous DDoS attacks, in response to those 3 companies cutting off payments to Wikileaks). Now he's pointing out that GCHQ was DDoSing his own servers, and he wonders how that's right:
My Government used a DDoS attack against servers I owned, and then convicted me of conducted DDoS attacks. Seriously what the fucking fuck?— Chris Weatherhead (@CJFWeatherhead) February 5, 2014
I plead guilty to two counts of DDoS conspiracy and to my face these GCHQ bastards were doing the exact same thing - http://t.co/Y4vo1qeN4I— Jake Davis (@DoubleJake) February 5, 2014
Why do British government spooks so brazenly attempt to inhibit the activities of acephalous online collectives and not, say, the hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church, or chat networks that encourage racism or paedophilia?Others have similarly wondered if GCHQ is going to have to face charges over this, given that these actions appear to be entirely outside of its mandate and mission, and seem more compelled by just general dislike of some kids messing around.
Or maybe the more important question: how can they even be permitted to launch these attacks at all? There's no justification for how nonchalant a democratic government can be when they breach the very computer misuse rules they strongly pushed to set in place.
When we look at what Western governments are doing - snooping on our emails, infecting our computers, intercepting our phone communications, following our avatars around in online games, backdooring our public encryption, discrediting our Internet viewing habits, encouraging illicit activity and even engaging in their own illicit activity - we have to ask ourselves: who are the real criminals here?