Teenage Hacktivists Arrested For Greek Anonymous Hack

Three Greek teenagers have been arrested, accused of hacking and defacing a government web site. The arrests are based on the attack at the start of February where the three allegedly defaced the Greek Ministry of Justice's site with a protest message, according to a report on Greek news web site In.gr. The hackers left the video message: "What is going on in your country is unacceptable. You were chosen by your people to act on behalf of them and express their wishes, but you have derogatorily failed. "You have killed the most sacred element your country had and that is democracy. Democracy was given birth in your country but you have now killed it." The message says that rather than a democracy, the Greek government is a dictatorship, favouring bankers and the EU, and making its citizens pay for their mistakes. The message also identifies the government's support of ACTA as a further driver behind the hack. "[The people] demonstrate against you but you do not want their voices to be heard. You deprive them from their right of freedom of expression and of their right to live. Your arbitrary actions must be punished," it adds. "By signing the ACTA bill you are going to deprive your people from further freedom and you are pushing them one step towards oppression. You ignored our warnings and now WE ARE IN CHARGE!" Although the message is in English, Greek text is also available. The In.gr report says that the three, aged 16, 17 and 18, belong to a hacking group called the Greek Hacking Scene (GHS) and have publicly stated their support for Anonymous. This is not the only Anonymous attack on Greece, on 13 February it carried out a number of other hacks in the country. A statement from the Greek police says that the accused have "committed dozens of digital attacks".

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