Anonymous filed the petition on We the People website on January 7 and argued that because of advancement in internet technology, there is a need for new ways of protests. The hacking collective doesn’t consider DDoS as a form of attack and equates it to hitting the ‘refresh’ button on a webpage.

“Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), is not any form of hacking in any way. It is the equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage”, reads the petition.

Comparing these attacks to the ‘occupy’ protests Anonymous notes that instead of people occupying an area, it is their computers occupying a website for a particular period of time. Anonymous goes on to appeal that all those who have been jailed for the acts of DDoS should be released and that their records should be cleared.

“As part of this petition, those who have been jailed for DDoS should be immediatly released and have anything regarding a DDoS, that is on their “records”, cleared.”

As of this writing a total of 832 signatures have already been received on this petition.