Hackers have ridiculed Tony Blair?s Labour Party with repeated attacks on its Web site. The site was rewritten three times before its author, Online Publishing, closed it down entirely.
Responsibility was claimed by a group of UK hackers calling themselves the Digital Anarchists. They gave no reason for the attacks, but threatened to continue to target high profile sites.
The showpiece Web site was transformed in three separate attacks, by a skilful and humourous piece of hacking, which temporarily made the site the most popular on the World Wide Web.
The first attack was planned to coincide with a hacker party over the weekend and altered the site to claim to offer free drugs and beer to young voters. Links to other Web sites were also altered. 'The Labour Party sex shop' led to a pornography site.
Shortly after the site had been restored, a phone call was received by 'The Guardian', reportedly from an American who informed the paper of another impending attack.
Tony Blair?s photo was replaced by that of his 'Spitting Image' puppet, under the title of 'Hacked Labour: Same Politicians, Same Lies'. Links that had formally led to eminent Labour politicians now led to the Muppet Show site.
The site was attacked a third time, and then closed down. The police, called in after the second raid, have been unable to make any headway against the cyber-criminals. No other political sites have reported any attempted break-ins.
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