Anonymous hackers take down US anti-scam website

Hackers associated with the activist group Anonymous took down the U.S. government's anti-scam website this week as part of a protest against U.S. efforts to stop illegal online piracy of movies and music.

The site was hacked on Tuesday, January 24, and was taken offline until it was secure, the Federal Trade Commission said. The FTC builds the website with content from law enforcement, military, consumer and other U.S. agencies, it said on Thursday.

Hackers involved with the loosely organized group Anonymous have been linked to attacks around the world aimed at punishing governments for policies they dislike or at showing that corporations' data security efforts are inadequate. The hackers said they were protesting two bills in the U.S. Congress and an international treaty, which the United States and 14 other countries have signed.