Websites of the German Police (http://polizei.de) and Federal Criminal Police Office (http://bka.de) are currently unreachable. rumors: Anonymous disabled the sites
The hacks that are attributed to Anonymous seem to be mostly be the work of a small core of actual hackers who either use Anonymous as cover or support its ideology.
Source (German): http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/0,1518,763939,00....
I agree it's a form of protest, but not a very good one, because it paints WikiLeaks / Pirate Party supporters in a bad light, and having public opinion on our side is more important than taking down a few servers for a few hours.
the text on the page is NOT mine, it was written by the party. i am a member of the party since early 2007 and we had similar problems in 2008 (the spokesperson mentioned was me) http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-party-official-raided-after-u...
reason may be the public hosted etherpad ("piratenpad") and a direction by the french public prosecutor's office
Now they try to extend their political agenda with typical leftist stuff: basic income for all, anti-business, open borders for all a.s.o. and the few women try to push some vegan ideology.
The funny thing is that their agenda was 100% predictable from their physical appearance.
The good thing is that they're almost history. They had their time of hype and media attention and now they cripple around and nobody cares.
All my points mentioned are relevant to see where these fellas are coming from and why they won't succeed. And these are only the obvious points. It gets worse with the fact that most of them are politically naive. They are morons because (political) hackers would consume the existing literature on the social domain first before making stupid proposals that won't work. (Most of their proposals won't work either because they get the incentives wrong or they don't scale.)
Not everything you don't like reading is against the guidelines.
From your original comment:
> Most of them are obese. And usually don't shower. And don't know how to dress. It's pathetic.
> The funny thing is that their agenda was 100% predictable from their physical appearance.
Obesity, lack of showering, and bad fashion sense are entirely irrelevant, unless presented as reason that popular opinion will not support them. You also might want to provide citations for those three facts, as it comes off as you being abusive. Being able to predict their agenda from their physical appearance is entirely irrelevant.
> Not everything you don't like reading is against the guidelines.
> When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names.
You are primarily insulting them, rather than presenting a well thought out criticism of them and their political views. You have exactly one sentence which comes close to doing so.
> Be civil.
That was implicitly part of my message, yes. They're certainly not hacking the social perception...
> Being able to predict their agenda from their physical appearance is entirely irrelevant.
People are visually blocked before they could get to their message. If they want support from more than the usual suspects, then they have to play according to the rules of the social game.
If I won't change my "insulting" style, I get downvoted at HN. If they won't change, they won't get upvoted in elections.
That "they don't shower and I don't like how they dress so I predicted they are anti-business and they are now crippled and failing hooray, morons" is a terrible argument filled with personal attacks and cliched "geeks don't shower" internet arguments - and they are against the posting guidelines.
Also that your comment is content-free. First paragraph: nothing but insults. Second paragraph - an alledged list of their policies presented in a negative way. Third paragraph - empty celebration.
The guidelines say "don't say anything you wouldn't say face to face", but that shouldn't mean "if you are rude in real life, feel free to be rude here".
That they dress so badly is--especially in the political domain--an important point. That they (okay, some of them, but the few stink for the whole group) don't shower is also negative when they approach people on the streets for handing out information and recruit supporters. They look and behave like an internet joke in RL. When they greet new people with "Aaaaargh!" this is certainly the way to success...
I'm not rude. I'm just telling the facts. The political domain is unforgiving and they should be thankful for my feedback.
Nothing wrong with smoking pot though.