Anonymous Takes Out Finnish Anti-Piracy Sites as Finland Follows UK Lead

By Sam Gibbs on at

Anonymous is at it again and this time they’ve been irked by the Finns. It launched a DDoS campaign against two Finnish anti-piracy sites, after a court order forced Elisa, a Finnish ISP, to block The Pirate Bay. The Finns seem to be following a similar course to us Brits, with the recent Newzbin2 blockades here in the UK, and Anonymous isn’t happy about it.

The collective targeted the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) plus the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which was responsible for the court injunction against Elisa. The IFPI is also in the process of trying to get court orders against Finland’s two other main ISPs to block The Pirate Bay.

Access to high-speed internet maybe a legal right in Finland, but obviously not unfiltered, despite the European Court ruling that forced ISP blockade for piracy is, itself, illegal. It’s a shame to see yet more media bodies take this kind of action. Don’t they realise it doesn’t actually make any difference to those hard-core pirates -- they’ll just get around it, whether or not Anonymous sticks its oar in or not. [MacWorld UK]

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