A group of hackers shut down company websites of Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, in protest at a law giving the state the power to close illegal gambling sites.

Hackers from Anonymous shut down the holding company Agrofert website and bakery group Penam for a short period on Monday evening.

The hacker group called for the cancellation of the new law that places greater restrictions on gambling and allows the ministry to close sites operating illegally in the Czech Republic.

“The Finance Ministry led by Andrej Babis gets almost limitless power to censor the internet. It is time to move against it,” Anonymous said in a video posted on Youtube on July 18.

The hackers also demanded the end of a planned online system for monitoring retail sales that the finance ministry is launching at the end of the year.

“We only want to apply rules used by 18 (European Union) countries already, nobody wants to censor the internet. It is aimed against gambling companies that do not pay taxes,” Babiš said.

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