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‘Anonymous’ Takes Down Egypt’s Government Websites

Monsters and Critics reports that hackers have taken down Egyptian government websites. This came after reports that social media websites Twitter and Facebook had been blocked in Egypt, and the “Anonymous” Facebook page “Operation Egypt” issued the following warning:

To the Egyptian Govt : Anonymous challenges all those who are involved in censorship. Anonymous wants you to offer free access to uncensored media in your entire country. When you ignore this message, not only will we attack your govt websites, we will also make sure that the international media see the horrid reality you impose on your people!

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After Blocking Twitter, Egypt Reportedly Starts Restricting Access To Facebook
Robin Wauters 4 hours ago

According to a number of tips we’ve received in the past few minutes, the chatter on Twitter and several local reports (mostly in Arabic), it appears Egyptian authorities have moved to block Facebook. …

Similar to the protests in Tunisia, the Egyptian demonstrations were partly organized on Facebook and Twitter. And yesterday, Twitter was blocked in Egypt.

If Facebook has in fact been blocked, this isn’t particularly surprising. Facebook itself has also been actively used to organize the demonstrations in Egypt. For instance, one Facebook Group called We Are All Khaled Said, features up-to-the-minute updates on the protests and photos from the scene. Khaled Said was “a young man brutally tortured and killed by police in Alexandria,” explains Blake Hounshell on the Foreign Policy blog, and his death has become a rallying point for the demonstrations which fall on “Police Day,” a national holiday in Egypt.

Messages from Facebook’s Operation Egypt page:

“We would like to remind our friends in Egypt that you can still access twitter via Seesmic – Seesmic Web — you can log in using your twitter account, but please remember to use proxies!!”

“For unblocking the censorship in Egypt: Expat Shield.”

“Website Blocked? No Problem (Specially For Egyptians after all of this u dont need to do anything. brose like as same as before… check it): BAG: Website Blocked? No Problem.

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