U. K Government websites Under Hacker Attacks

Hackers have targeted British government websites in the last 24 hours, the government said on Tuesday, after activist hacking group Anonymous said it had launched attacks to protest against the handling of the case of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange.

Anonymous has carried out a number of attacks on British and international government departments, usually using a distributed denial of service tactic, where a website's host computers are bombarded with requests for information, making them crash. It has also targeted companies it deems have worked against WikiLeaks' interests including Visa and Mastercard.