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Anonymous Shifts Focus, DDoS Attacks from Egypt to Yemen

Following cyber attacks on government websites in Tunisia and Egypt, the self-described online gathering Anonymous has shifted its focus to Yemen as part of its fight for greater web freedoms, AFP reported.

The website of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, presidentsaleh.gov.ye, was down yesterday after members of  Anonymous had called for attacks on the site.

Luis Corrons, the technical director at PandaLabs, told AFP Anonymous members “feel that somehow they have to support the people in those countries . . .They think the goal is obtaining freedom for those countries.”

The attacks on Yemeni websites came a day after Anonymous members resumed distributed denial-of-service attacks on the websites belonging t0 Egypt’s National Democratic Party, the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Information and others.

“Welcome back to the Internet #Egypt. Well except http://www.moiegypt.gov.eg — you stay down,” members of Anonymous tweeted, according to AFP.

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