Polish government websites under apparent attack

WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Several Polish government websites appear to have been attacked by a group opposing the country’s support for a treaty aimed at protecting international intellectual property rights.

The websites, including that of the parliament and the prime minister, were inaccessible or unusually slow Sunday.

It was an apparent sign that they had been subjected to denial of service attacks, which flood sites with traffic in a bid to make them unresponsive.

The disruptions came after Anonymous, a loose collection of online activists, vowed to wage “a full scale attack on Poland’s government” to protest its plans to sign the treaty, known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA.

Critics fear the treaty could lead to censorship on the Internet because it also targets online piracy.