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Pirate Party hacks Merkel's website

The Local · 29 Mar 2012, 08:14

Published: 29 Mar 2012 08:14 GMT+02:00

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Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in the western town of Düsseldorf had bought up a number of domain names with the word 'pirate' in an apparent bid to disrupt the Pirate Party's internet campaign for the May 13 ballot in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

By clicking on the sites, internet users were automatically redirected to the CDU's website in the city of Radigen.

Supporters of the Pirate Party, the youngest German party which has made a name for itself by campaigning for internet freedom and greater transparency in politics, retaliated by seizing the CDU Radigen website and leaving messages such as: "Help, I'm a prisoner on a Christian-Democrat website."

The Pirates on Sunday won representation in the parliament of the small western state of Saarland, eclipsing the more mainstream Greens and obliterating the pro-business liberals.

Six months ago, the Pirates first burst onto the political scene by winning seats in the city-state of Berlin.

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Opinion polls suggest the Pirates might also breach the 5 percent barrier needed to win representation in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein in May.


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Your comments about this article

13:49 March 29, 2012 by finanzdoktor
So, let me get this straight. CDU legally purchases domain names with the word "pirate" in them, and the Pirate Partei responds by illegally seizing a CDU website and diverted its Internet traffic to another site. Is that about right?
16:15 March 29, 2012 by hanskarl
Supporters of the Pirate Party, the youngest German party which has made a name for itself by campaigning for internet freedom and greater transparency in politics,......................NOT!!!
18:25 April 5, 2012 by michelbisson
Some use 'legal tricks' to put sticks in the wheels of others who find themselves stuck with very few alternatives. Is having ethics nothing more than just being 'legal'?
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