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Russian court that sentenced Pussy Riot suffers hacker attack

The three female members of Pussy Riot grabbed headlines worldwide last week when the Russian court sentenced them to two years in prison for spearheading a protest against Putin at a Russian Orthodox cathedral. The White House and State Department have both criticized the conviction. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also weighed in, saying Putin should be ashamed for sentencing the members to prison “for speaking out against oppression” in a tweet last week.

The hacker group Anonymous has gained attention over the past year for unleashing attacks on a series of government and industry websites, and has claimed responsibility for attacks on the public sites for the Department of Justice and TechAmerica. Typically, Anonymous uses denial of service attacks to disable a public website for a period of time. The group has said it launches these attacks to expose corruption and weak security protections on government and industry websites.

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