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Resurgent LulzSec Attacks Government Sites In Portugal

Hacktivist group responds to reports of police brutality in country

The hacktivist group LulzSec was back in action last week, launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government websites in Portugal.

The group says it was driven to the attacks by Portuguese austerity measures, social inequalities, and recent police violence against demonstrators during a protest on Nov. 24, according to news reports.

On Friday, LulzSec Portugal launched a DDoS attack against the website of Banco de Portugal (Bank of Portugal), making the site inaccessible, according to the reports. In addition to taking down the Bank of Portugal website, LulzSec Portugal has been credited with successful attacks on numerous state services. Earlier this week, LulzSec disabled the websites of the Portugal House of Parliament, several political parties, and the national police.

Last Sunday, LulzSec Portugal released the name, rank, identification number, contact information, and employment history for more than 100 national police officers believed to have taken part in the police. "2011 is the year of revolutions and the biggest hacks in history (until now ..)," the group said in an online statement. "We are creating a way for the revolution global."

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