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Anonymous takes over website of Argentina's Bureau Of Statistics

The hacker collective said it took over the website to protest government “lies”, after dubious new inflation figures.

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been dismissive towards the possibility of being kicked out of the IMF.
Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been dismissive towards the possibility of being kicked out of the IMF.
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INTERNATIONAL HACKING movement Anonymous has taken over INDEC, Argentina’s Bureau of Statistics, Urgente24 reports.

Argentina has come under intense international pressure for INDEC’s inflation statistics.

Last month, the International Monetary Fund met to discuss whether or not the country should be penalized for refusing to reform a system that has lead to fines and jail time for statisticians who insist official government numbers are too low.

In September, IMF Christine Lagarde said the country may need to be “red carded“ - to which Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, replied that her country would “accept no threats or pressure” from the IMF.

The IMF is set to decide Argentina’s fate at the end of the month.

On Monday, INDEC announced Argentine inflation for 2012 at 18.4 per cent – though independent analysts put it at 25.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, obviously, Anonymous is getting its message across. “Así responde el pueblo a sus mentiras NADIE vive con $5,50″ (‘This is how the people respond to your lies. No one lives on $5.50′), the group said in a tweet.

In a tweet, Anonymous said it would cede control of the website when the Argentine government “stops lying”.

The website appeared to have been reclaimed by authorities this morning.

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