Anonymous, one of the most well-known left-wing hacktivist groups, has attacked the websites owned by Andrej Babis, the Czech finance minister. This was done as an act of protest against the new Czech online gambling law.
The group was displeased with the new law that was introduced last month, marking it as an act of censorship. Its content touches upon certain gambling websites that are non-licensed, trying to ban them from operating. According to Anonymous, this could lead to ISP-blocking activities in central Europe, which is frowned upon by the group.
In its latest YouTube video, Anonymous called out Andrej Babis to stop abusing his power for internet censorship, and the group said that it will be taking measures against it. According to Lupa.cz, the group managed to disable two of Babis' websites, which includes that of Agrofert, his holding company.
Babis has often been criticized for being the Czech Donald Trump. Part of it has to do with being the richest resident of the Czech Republic. His political activities include actively combating tax fraud and finding ways to boost the state's revenue.
The new online gambling law was met with no opposition whatsoever by the Czech legislature, resulting in a 42-0 vote. The law aims to make the gambling market more open towards foreign investors, but due to the high tax rates related to gaming revenue, it is rather unlikely that many are going to apply for a license.
The tax rates were originally planned to be at 40%, but they were later cut down to 35%. Additionally, a 19% corporate tax rate applies. Essentially, this is said to drive out the live online casino operators, who would have no other choice but to exclude the Czech Republic from their online casinos, at least those who want to do their business in a legal manner.
Anonymous said that they will be continuing their attack until the law is revoked, and Babis is already planning to file criminal charges against them.