Hackers allege attack on Khamovnichesky court mail server

The hacking group Anonymous said they have broken into the mail server of the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court and posted internal court documents on the Internet. According to Anonymous, a link to the court documents was posted on the Internet on Tuesday. Interfax currently has no comments from Khamovnichesky court officials on the information.

According to earlier reports, on Tuesday morning unknown hackers attacked the Web site of Moscow's Khamovnichesky Court, which sentenced three performers from the punk group Pussy Riot to two years in prison each last Friday for their action at the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior. The hackers replaced the original text on the homepage with slogans calling for freedom for Pussy Riot, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

They also posted a music video of a homosexual nature by Bulgarian singer Azis on the court's Web site and changed the titles of the Web site's sections, adding sneering comments and obscenities. One of the Pussy Riot group's songs automatically started playing as the Web page downloaded. The well-known hacking community Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the attack, the BBC reported on Tuesday. The site operation has now been restored.

In the meantime, the Supreme Court judicial department has asked the Investigations Committee to open a criminal case on the basis of the hacking attack, Khamovnichesky court press officer Darya Lyakh said.

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