Anonymous Exacts Revenge for Megaupload Takedown

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Anonymous Exacts Revenge for Megaupload Takedown

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Hacker collective Anonymous has taken down websites belonging to the Department of Justice, RIAA, MPAA and Universal music in response to the recent shutdown of Megaupload.

Shortly after popular file-sharing site, Megaupload, was shut down in a federal bust, Anonymous gathered its forces for what is presumed to be a hastily-assembled DDoS attack on the Department of Justice website. Doj.gov is, at the time of this writing, down and out. RIAA.com, MPAA.org, copright.gov and the Universal Music Group's website have since been taken down as well.

Universal was recently involved in some legal shenanigans with Megaupload over a video used to promote the site - a likely reason for its inclusion in the list of targets.

An Anonymous-associated Twitter account is claiming credit for the takedown. "One thing is certain: EXPECT US!," wrote another account claiming to speak for the group, shortly before the takedown occurred. According to Russian news service, RT, this is the largest coordinated attack in Anonymous', admittedly quite vague, history.

Anonymous, according to those that claim to represent it, has been a vocal opponent of the SOPA bill. That, combined with the recent, and in its opinion, unjustified, take down of Megaupload, has spurred the group into action. "Get some popcorn," tweeted an anonymous news source. "It's going to be a long lulzy night."

Update: Some media outlets are reporting that media label, BMI, has been taken down.

Update 2: Anonymous claims to have taken down the Utah Chiefs of Police Association website.

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Ah, good ol' Anonymous. Gotta love or hate them...

They're late. The SOPA blackout was yesterday.

Well that didn't take long

The_root_of_all_evil:
They're late. The SOPA blackout was yesterday.

Encore!

The_root_of_all_evil:
They're late. The SOPA blackout was yesterday.

The Anons were not needed for SOPA. That already had MORE than enough people involved to make the point.

The_root_of_all_evil:
They're late. The SOPA blackout was yesterday.

They don't act until something directly affects them.

The statement 'shit just got real' doesn't even cover it.

I think this song fits the occasion perfectly:

Good lord this whole thing is getting out of hand.

I support anonymous in this. Megaupload isn't evil... they are used quote extensively by modders* (spellchecker...)

oh anon when will you learn your way of doing things doesn't help

And the Warner Music Group website as well now it seems.

"Wmg.com is tango down!"

eye for an eye doesn't work so please anon go away

I keep thinking of that XKCD comic. "Anonymous tore down a poster put up... by the Department of Justice!"

All these attacks do at best is become a minor inconvenience to some people and at worst create an argument for policing the internet.

I like that they are taking some action but still what does this even do in the end?

Well, Anonymous have now started to show up and hack the place.
It's gonna be a long and lonely night in the bomb-shelter, anyone care to join me?

That's actually unsettlingly quick response time from Anon. They are obviously gaining strength.

Omnific One:
That's actually unsettlingly quick response time from Anon. They are obviously gaining strength.

Yeah...that's not really helping.

If Anon could do some serious damage, then it labels them as potential threats and gives the gov't an excuse to police the webs.

The funniest thing about Universal's whining about Megaupload and piracy is that they wouldn't even exist without breaking the rules and stealing others ideas. Hollywood was founded because of that and now they cry when others do it.

I'm not encouraging Anonymous but I'm not encouraging Universal and others either when they "fight" piracy like that.

I'm surprised Anon wasn't involved until now, but to be honest the Internet's doing a fine job of taking care of itself so far. At least Anon's here to do damage control.

What if the government DDOSed Anonymous? Would anyone else love to see that happen?

And if anyone has a bomb shelter spot open I shall bring salty snacks.

so, half of the internet blacks out voluntarily yesterday, today, anon blacks out the other half :P

Sporky111:
I'm surprised Anon wasn't involved until now, but to be honest the Internet's doing a fine job of taking care of itself so far. At least Anon's here to do damage control.

damage control ha there just pouring gas on the fire

Good job anonymous!

The end is beginning, my brothers and sisters! All shall be reduced to ashes! None will survive the coming storm!

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tony2077:
oh anon when will you learn your way of doing things doesn't help

Probably never, considering "anon" is kind of an amorphous body.

Two things.

1. This enforces the idea that the internet needs to be regulated, because if it's one thing that the law absolutely despises, it's vigilantes.

2. Anonymous has no discretion. And this does cover ALL of the little splinter groups calling themselves Anonymous. Like attacking Utah. What did Utah do to anyone?

ChaplainOrion:
What if the government DDOSed Anonymous? Would anyone else love to see that happen?

Um, DDOS what? They have no real website.

ChaplainOrion:

And if anyone has a bomb shelter spot open I shall bring salty snacks.

now i want a bomb shelter. it would make such an awesome gaming room.

What's all this talk of the roof caving in and heading for the bombshelter? Take a look outside people, the sky is still there and the ICBMs haven't dropped as far as I can tell... More hyperbole, anyone?

ChaplainOrion:
What if the government DDOSed Anonymous? Would anyone else love to see that happen?

You wouldn't be able to do that unless you actually knew who the people behind the DDOS were, and in that case you could just have regular law enforcement deal with them.

So...

Anon does nothing to show it's backing of SOPA but when a file sharing website gets taken down 'it's on'?

Anon are a touchy bunch, and my views on them are also touchy. It's hard to support a "group" of people whose goal is moral but methods are childish.

But in this case, what they did helps nothing, when the some US politicians want to try and pass a law that could censor the net the last thing to do is fuel their reason.

Daystar Clarion:
So...

Anon does nothing to show it's backing of SOPA but when a file sharing website gets taken down 'it's on'?

To be fair, the Feds did shut down its sister site, Megaporn...

...so obviously things got real.

Daystar Clarion:
So...

Anon does nothing to show it's backing of SOPA but when a file sharing website gets taken down 'it's on'?

Methinks someone hasn't been watching what Anonymous has been doing. They went dark yesterday as well.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Daystar Clarion:
So...

Anon does nothing to show it's backing of SOPA but when a file sharing website gets taken down 'it's on'?

Methinks someone hasn't been watching what Anonymous has been doing. They went dark yesterday as well.

Well you'd be right about that.

I don't give a toss what anon do, and DDoSing something doesn't exactly spark the thoughts of 'internet vigilantes'. Just 'internet guys with nothing better to do'.

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