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Hackers attack Pussy Riot court website

Cyber activists from Anonymous claim responsibility for posting video of Bulgarian gay singer on website of court which jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot
Moscow court website hacked over Pussy Riot trial and sentencing

Hackers have attacked the website of a Moscow court that sentenced the pro-gay punk band Pussy Riot.

The cyber activists defaced the site of Khamovnichesky District Court this morning (21 August) with slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as posting a video of openly gay Bulgarian singer Aziz.

It's unclear why Aziz was chosen but the pop star is known for his lyrics about sex, money and luxury properties.

A new song by Pussy Riot called Putin is Lighting the Fires of the Revolution was also uploaded.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were jailed for two years on Friday (17 August) for 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' after singing a protest song in Moscow’s central Orthodox cathedral.

Their trial and sentencing has been condemned as 'a blow for freedom of expression' by international human rights groups and celebrities including Madonna, Paul McCartney and Stephen Fry have shown support for the women.

Members of the group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Posting a message on the site in Russian, the hackers said: 'We are American group Anonymous. We don't forget and we don't forgive.'

'Justice system has to be transparent. Pussy [Riot's members] are alive,' the group also wrote, reported the BBC.

Anonymous is a loosely associated group of 'hacktivists' which originated in 2003, which strongly opposes any form of oppression and censorship, and has been recently started to target governments which have anti-LGBT polices. Some of its members sometimes appear in public wearing Guy Fawkes masks.

The group have recently been responsible for attacking sites in African countries including Uganda, Sudan, Botswana and Somalia.

The court website is now back online.

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