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A portion of 4Chan's denizens have taken it upon themselves to attack Tunisian government websites. The attack follows a decision by the Tunisian government to block access to WikiLeaks cables. Given the widespread use of censorware technology in Arab nations, we strongly suspect the Tunisian government is not alone in making …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    "about as effective as the Peoples' Front for the Liberation of Judea, at worst."

    Or is that the Judean Peoples' Front?

  2. Naughtyhorse

    People's Front for the Liberation of Judea


  3. Anonymous Coward

    This is just the the wheel rolling out after the explosion

    The large impetus Anonymous had last year during the Amazon/Paypal/Visa/Mastercard kerfuffle is gone. Some Anons just want to keep on keeping on and are finding targets wherever they look.

    Which is a shame. Better if we all do what we can when necessary and after that, let it drop until it's necessary again.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Join Anonymous

    Join Anonymous at channels: #opTunisia #OperationPayback

    1. Anonymous Coward


      on the other hand, don't - and feel good about the fact that you *aren't* helping a group of 12-year-olds waste other governments' time, resources, and money.

  5. peyton?

    Reporters Without Borders?

    Open Net Initiative? Where are teh lulz in those?

  6. Chris Dupont

    "Those concerned about press freedoms..."

    "... and censorship in Tunisia or the wider region would do a lot better to lend their support to Reporters Without Borders or the Open Net Initiative rather than download packet-flooding tools."

    Downloading a packet-flooding tool requires much less effort than donating time to an org - it's a nice way for middle-class script kiddies to feel better about themselves whilst seeking 'the lulz'.

    Just like armchair politicing on the intertubes is much easier than actually joining a political party and helping bring about real change.

    1. dogged

      Those two don't follow at all

      Joining a political party is pretty much the total inverse of "helping [to] being about real change". It just means you join the Political Class, which is subservient to the Wealthy Class and helps its masters to squeeze money out of the Other Class (everyone else).

      Political parties are the antithesis of change.

  7. Bilgepipe

    The title is unimportant, but nonetheless must contain letters and/or digits.

    "We rather suspect the more informed members of the loosely banded Anonymous collective would be more aware of the country's mediocre (but not especially dreadful, to be fair) human rights record."

    Who cares about stuff like human rights when there are "lulz" to be had?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Isn't that a small town in the German region of Swabia?

      1. Scorchio!!

        Re :Lulz?

        Ich weiß nicht Theo, was denkst du? LMAA ;-)

  8. A handle is required

    So, how long before...

    ...Anonymous DDos'es the entire world for not thinking that they are as awesome or philanthropic as they'd like to believe?

  9. jake Silver badge

    Stop giving the illiterate kids column inches.

    Maybe if you stop reporting on their "efforts", they'll go back to finding other ways to draw their Mum's attention, leaving the rest of us in peace ... It's worth a shot, anyway.

  10. CockKnocker


    What about the popular front, hes over there!


  11. Anonymous Coward

    world internet summit in Tunis??

    While so many on here seem to like to poke at these anonymous about being 12 year olds, had you all forgotten the internet summit that so poorly showed up Tunisia and their internet policies.

    Although you are welcome to your cynical opionions on middle class script kiddies, aside from posting to El Reg your grumpyness about the latest issue (ID cards, MS, Apple etc) just what have *you* done to change anything?

    Has any of you written to your MP on anything?

    Has any of you told someone other than other grumpy IT folk of your concern?

    Armchair politicians are cheaper than real ones but still talk the same hot air!

  12. AdamWill

    Missed opportunity

    Better headline would've been 'Anonymous sacks Carthage', surely!

  13. Scorchio!!

    Is there

    a play pen big enough to contain these children, once arrested? It's much safer to piss the planet off one at a time, like I do, not in big vengeful blocks.

    1. jake Silver badge

      Is the Knock John sea fort still unocupied?

      It'd be kinda fun to see all the anti-social spotty little introverts in one space ... I'll bet not a one of 'em has even been to a gathering larger than the average sized classroom :-)

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