Snowden Docs: British Spies Used DDoS Attacks Against Anonymous

By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

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The British spy agency GCHQ used hacking techniques, including distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, against the hacking collective Anonymous, according to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden

Anonymous hackers were attacking websites with their own DDoS attacks in 2011 while authorities in the UK and the U.S. were scrambling for a response — it turns out GCHQ’s answer was to turn the hackers’ weapons against them.

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