Hacker group Anonymous has threatened to take down the official Formula 1 Web sites and publish the credit card details of F1 customers during the Canadian F1 Grand Prix.
The group intends to cause the disruption in protest against F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s support for nations accused of alleged human rights violations.
“It seems that Bernie Eccelstone has not learned anything from his experience in Bahrain,” Anonymous said via a press release. “This greedy and evil man remains determined to hold his Formula One Grand Prix race in places that Amnesty International and other global human rights groups have declared human rights violators.”
The violation in question is “Special Law 78”, an emergency law passed on 18 May 2012 by the National Assembly of Quebec, Canada. The law places restrictions on the freedom of assembly, protest, or picketing on or near university grounds, and anywhere in Quebec without prior police approval and limits education workers’ right to strike.
The hacker collective said: “Beginning on June 7 and running through race day on June 10, Anonymous will take down all the F1 websites, dump the servers and databases and wreck anything else F1-related we can find on the internet.
“We would like to remind anyone considering attending this abominable race that last time Anonymous found all the spectators’ personal data, including credit card numbers un-encrypted on F1 servers.”
The group has already taken down 13 government and police Web sites in a show of solidarity for students of Quebec.
This isn’t the first time Anonymous has acted against F1. The group managed to shut down Formula1.com during the Bahrain grand prix, although his is not thought to have caused much disruption.