Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rothamsted Research website offline groups attack by hackers claiming to represent Anonymous

cyber attackers took the site on Sunday evening Rothamsted Research - an agricultural research institute in the UK trials of GM crops, a few hours after a failed attack against the field of genetically modified wheat institute in Harpenden , Hertfordshire.

tweeted researchers who had been "victim of [a] cyber attack," and stated that "cyberbullying us to inform the public." The site appeared online visitors from around 20:00 last night, but resumed in the morning on Monday, and was again living at the time of writing.

A couple of Twitter accounts claiming to represent Anonymous hacking group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the keeper was unable to verify the accounts as the main representative of the group Anonymous.

It has been speculated that the site was taken by a denial of service or DDoS, where hundreds or thousands of PCs to ping the target site, the overload. Rothamsted Research told the Guardian: "We think it was a denial of service, but it is difficult to know who is responsible."

cyber-attack followed hundreds of people, led by the anti-GMO flour bring the campaign group, being prevented by the police from attacking the investigators test cultures. "If this continues marketing wheat, it would be cross-contamination and no longer have the choice of GM or non-GM," said Lucy Harrap, who helped organize the event.

Rothamsted researchers previously posted a video on YouTube calling the anti-GM activists will not damage your trial of genetically modified wheat.
Wheat test Rothamsted is genetically modified to produce a detectable odor to the human nose to deter pests such as aphids aphid wheat and blackflies. Approximately 400 species of plants, including mint, release the same chemical nature.

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