Hackers on trial for crashing Labour website

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Hackers on trial for crashing Labour website
Anonymous supporters rallying against the Data Retention Directive on Karl Johans gate in 2013. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / Scanpix NTB

Five young Norwegian man are to go on trial tomorrow accused of launching a hacker attack on the website of the then ruling Labour party in 2011, in retaliation at a data retention law.


According to the prosecution, the men unleashed a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the website on 5 April 2011, causing its servers to crash and the website to go offline. They also posted up naked pictures of a young actress on the site. 
The attack came the day after Norway's Parliament voted to adopt the European Union's controversial Data Retention Directive, which allows member states to store telecommunications data on citizens for up to two years. 
Prior to the attack, the web activist group Anonymous had threatened to retaliate if the directive became Norwegian law. 
Two of the men are from Elverum, one is from Jessheim and the last is from Flekkefjord. The youngest was only 16 when data attacks occurred .
The Norwegian police on Tuesday declined to comment on whether the four men had documented links to Anonymous. 



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