Operation Tunisia

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Operation Tunisia refers to the actions by internet group Anonymous during the Tunisian revolution.


In their traditional manner; Anonymous launched a series of DDoS attacks against government websites.[1][2] Additionally, Anonymous provided protesters with documents required to take down the incumbent government as well as distributing a care package, among other things, including Tor, and a greasemonkey script to avoid proxy interception by the government.[3] The providing of information was considered by some a part of Operation Leakspin. They also aided in passing information about the protests in and out of the country.[3]


At first Anonymous posted a video on YouTube declaring their intentions. Anonymous began DDoS attacks.[4] Multiple government websites in Tunisia were soon taken offline as a result of the attacks.[1][5] Anonymous supplied protesters, through Tunisian blogger Slim Amamou, with anonymising software such as Tor.[6] While the group waged its war online, large-scale professional strikes by Tunisia's professional class of lawyers and teachers were also occurring, and this culminated in the fleeing of President Ben Ali on January 14, 2011.

Tunisian involvement[edit]

Some Anonymous members in the #OpTunisia channel were Tunisians, one of them called 'slim404', whose real name was Slim Amamou, a Tunisian blogger. He aided in passing software between Anonymous and protestors. Amamou was arrested on Jan. 6, 2011. He was later released from jail and went on to become the secretary of state for sport and youth, he resigned in May to protest the transitional government's censorship of the web.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Anonymous Operation Tunisia rages, US Govt grows worried | MyCE – My Consumer Electronics". Myce.com. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  2. ^ Yasmine Ryan (2011-01-06). "Tunisia's bitter cyberwar - Features". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  3. ^ a b c Norton, Quinn (2012-01-11). "2011: The Year Anonymous Took On Cops, Dictators and Existential Dread". Wired.
  4. ^ "Anonymous - Operation Tunisia - A Press Release". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  5. ^ "Brian's Coffeehouse: Operation Tunisia". Bjulrich.blogspot.com. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  6. ^ "The new media: Between revolution and repression – Net solidarity takes on censorship - Reporters Without Borders". En.rsf.org. Retrieved 2011-05-01.

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