Hackers threaten Parliament's website

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 05:00 27/04/2011

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Internet activist group Anonymous is threatening to block access to Parliament's website from this afternoon to protest against a law change that will make it easier for film and music companies to track and fine internet users who pirate copyrighted material.

Parliamentary Service general manager Geoff Thorn said it was taking the threat of a "denial-of-service" seriously and was taking undisclosed measures to try to pre-empt it.

The threat came as polling firm Horizon Research issued a survey that found mixed views on the law change, which will establish a "three strikes" regime for illegal file-sharing, under which people could be issued with infringement notices and then fined up to $15,000.

It found 37.1 per cent of its 1922 panelists supported last month's law change and 38.3 per cent were opposed.

Anonymous said the Copyright Amendment Bill presumed people were guilty of piracy unless proved innocent and breached "internet freedom".

Activists claiming to represent Anonymous also threatened to take down Internal Affairs' website last month, but there is no evidence an attack eventuated.

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- BusinessDay.co.nz

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