Source: 3news.co.nz – By Dan Satherley
In a video posted on the group’s YouTube page, a computer-generated voice reads a script, saying it is an “unlawful and unjust” policy, and “both a form of censorship and an invasion of privacy”.
The video has since been taken down due to violating YouTube’s rules.
The controversial bill, supported by all the major parties except the Greens, aims to stamp out illegal filesharing over the internet by introducing a series of warnings, or strikes, and the possibility of a $15,000 fine.
There is also a provision in the bill – as yet inactive – to boot accused repeat offenders off the internet.
Anonymous objects to the bill, and has announced New Zealand now has their “full attention”. What this means in practical terms is unclear – Anonymous is not, as far as anyone knows, an organised group in the traditional sense.
If past actions are anything to go by, a DDos – distributed denial of service – attack is the most likely form any protest from Anonymous would take. That involves bombarding websites and other internet services with as many requests as possible, overloading the server until it stops working.
Internal Affairs’ website went down in March after a threat from Anonymous, opposed to a voluntary internet filter ISPs could use to block illegal content. Internal Affairs said there was no evidence to suggest the downtime was caused by a DDos attack from Anonymous.
Here is the video that was initially posted then removed from YouTube. View it while you can!Vodpod videos no longer available.
Here is the full text of the speech in the new video.
‘This is a message to the New Zealand Government.
We are Anonymous. We have been watching the actions taken by you and your legislation.
The passing of the Infringing File Sharing bill is both a form of censorship and an invasion of privacy.
Anonymous will not let this go by unnoticed.
Your beliefs that one is guilty until proven innocent is an unlawful and unjust policy.
We do not believe that one, when accused of copyright infringement should be questioned by their internet support provider and eligible to pay a $15,000 fine unless proven innocent.
We do not believe that one, when accused of copyright infringement should be sentenced to six months suspension of internet usage unless proven innocent.
We do not believe that one, when accused of copyright infringement shall be called a criminal in the eyes of the Government for the simple act of accessing information unless proven innocent.
Those opposing the copyright law via online protest – we are with you.
New Zealand, you now have the full attention of Anonymous.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.