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Hackers bring down Panama’s parliamentary site

30 January, 2008
By Allison Orr

The website for the Panamanian parliament ( 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.

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