Assange protest: UK websites hacked

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LONDON: As a diplomatic impasse over the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues, a computer hacking group has attacked government websites in protest against Britain's handling of the issue. Britain says nothing has changed in its commitment to extradite Assange to Sweden to face allegations of sexual offences.

Assange, who was granted diplomatic asylum by Ecuador last week, addressed his supporters on Sunday and continues to function from its embassy here.

Anonymous, the computer hacking group, is reported to have hacked into the websites of 10 Downing Street, home office and the ministry of justice on Monday. However, the websites were working as normal on Tuesday. The ministry of justice said in a statement: "The ministry of justice website was the subject of an online attack on Monday night at around 20.00 BST. This is a public information website and no sensitive data is held on it. No other ministry systems have been affected".

According to the BBC, Anonymous has gained notoriety by launching denial-of-service attacks, which flood websites with requests, causing them to operate more slowly or fail, on international government and corporate websites since 2010.

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