Saturday, January 24, 2009

Belarus: Opposition websites shut down after hack attack

DPA reports the websites of Belarus’ top two opposition political parties were shut down yesterday after attacks by hackers, party officials said.

The websites for the Party of the Belarusian People’s Front (PBPF) and the For Freedom! group stopped working in the early morning, said Anatoly Lebedko, an opposition spokesman.

The Internet and web-published news are one of the few sources of independent information in authoritarian Belarus. For Freedom! is an umbrella organisation headed by Belarus’ leading anti-government activist, Aleksander Milinkevich.

“We are absolutely sure that the break-down of the sites took place with the cooperation of the authorities,” Lebedko said. “They are trying to frighten us.”
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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