Moscow Khamovnichesky Court website resumes work after hackers attack

The website of the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court website has resumed working after a hacking attack, court press officer Darya Lyakh told Interfax.

"The site is now up and running. Specialists are working to determine how the hacking attack was carried out," Lyakh said. "The form of the hacking attack was chosen by people with bad imagination," she said. "Their actions violated citizens' right to access information on the work of the court and judicial acts," she added.

Earlier today unknown hackers attacked the website of Moscow's Khamovnichesky Court, which sentenced three performers of the all-female 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 by slogans calling for freedom for the Pussy Riot members, an Interfax correspondent has reported. They also posted a music video of a homosexual nature by Bulgaria singer Azis on the court's website and changed the titles of the website's sections, adding sneering comments and obscenities to them.

Apart from that, one of the Pussy Riot group's songs automatically starts playing as the webpage downloads. A slogan reading "No Logic - Just Hardcore" was placed near the Russian coat of arms in the upper right hand corner of the webpage, as well as a mobile phone number signed "Ask for Zhenya".

The Russian Interior Ministry's Department K is ready to investigate the recent hacking attack on the website of the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court, Larisa Zhukova, an official with the department, said.

"Officials from Department K will conduct an appropriate probe if a report of a crime is filed," Zhukova told Interfax. Zhukova said that no such report has been filed with the police yet.

The well-known hacking community Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the attack, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

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