The United Kingdom has some odd rules when it comes to what's considered offensive. Libel laws and the like in the U.K. tend to receive a lot of flak from the Internet, and perhaps there's a perfectly legitimate reason for this. These laws have wacky consequences and serve as another way to stifle free speech more often than not. For example, a man was "arrested on suspicion of malicious telecommunications" this past Sunday. His alleged crime? Posting a photo of a burning poppy to a social network.
The ever-present, always busy Anonymous has been up to their hacking ways again, this time taking down the website for the Syrian Ministry of Defense. The hacked webpage included a message to the Syrian people, assuring them the world is on their side and against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, and a message to the Syrian army, encouraging them to "defend [their] country" by rising up and unseating Al-Assad by force. Images at the top of the hacked page linked to videos depicting ongoing violence in Syria and the bottom of the page contained links to various protest groups. Source code from the page suggests the hack was performed by someone who uses the handle Poppy. While Anonymous is no stranger to hacks motivated by global politics, this is the first time in a while that they have hacked anything unrelated to the arrest of Anonymous affiliates or the support of WikiLeaks. Only time will tell if this is a one-off attack, or the start of an entire campaign.