Hackers bring down Panama’s parliamentary site30 January, 2008
|By Allison Orr|
The website for the Panamanian parliament (www.asamblea.gob.pa) is still offline after being attacked by hackers who briefly placed a US flag on the front page of the site on 9 January. This day is known as “Martyrs’ Day” in Panama and is the anniversary of clashes between US troops and Panamanians over sovereignty of the Panama Canal in 1964.
According to a Guardian article, it is believed this hacktivism has been undertaken by those angry at the election of the assembly’s president, Pedro Miguel Gonzelez, who is wanted on a murder charge in the US. The US Congress has refused to ratify the US-Panama free trade agreement until Gonzalez is removed.