Anonymous hacks official F1 website

Anonymous, a group which hacks websites and takes them offline for various reasons, has directed its attack toward the official Formula 1 website, taking it offline on Friday.

The site was back up after two hours, but the Anonymous group urged in a statement that it would continue to hit the F1 website throughout the weekend.

"Anonymous has watched with growing alarm the incredible human rights abuses of the Bahrain regime," read the statement. "We have watched this tyrannical government tear gas it's own people literally to death, with over 30 fatalities so far." 

It continued, highlighting F1 as its target: "The occasion of Anonymous re-launching Operation Bahrain will be this despicable Grand Prix Formula One race to be held in Bahrain tomorrow through the 22nd of April. 

"Beginning tomorrow [Friday], and lasting for the duration of this race - Anonymous will turn your web site ( into a smoking crater in cyber space. We will also jam your phone lines, bomb your E-Mail inboxes - and wreck anything else of yours we can find on the internet. You can god damn well expect us."