Anonymous Exacts Revenge for Megaupload Takedown

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While it's nice of Anonymous to stick up for those that have been kicked (even though they have shown to contain a lot of pirated stuff on there), I highly doubt that their actions are winning us any anti-SOPA support.

I mean, it's one thing to peacefully protest, and then there's another thing to illegally take down the opposition's websites. Sure, it's probably just desserts (to some people), but if we're trying to look mature and intellectual in this argument, Anonymous just set us back by a lot.

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

Wow. I just mentioned that comic to a friend of mine on Skype who I talked about this issue with. I knew I couldn't be the only one thinking that.

I got some tea and a blanket and a bag of popcorn and I'm going to watch this crap happen. I was waiting for Anonymous to show up to this party.

Won't this just help convince the tyranical Man that the act needs to be passed?

Kopikatsu:
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.

Robin Hood, Batman, Zorro, V and countless of other images of vigilantes attacking the corrupt law in power would like to disagree with you. Anon might not be the answer we're looking for, but I'd much rather them taking out the morally bankrupt corporations that are trying to bully the rest of the internet to behave.

Also, regulating the internet will never work, and should never be implemented.

TLS14:

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

Wow. I just mentioned that comic to a friend of mine on Skype who I talked about this issue with. I knew I couldn't be the only one thinking that.

Yep, that XKCD comic was spot-on.

I feel like we just sprung our secret weapon. This is exactly why they want to pass these bill and shut down the internet, they're afraid of us! Let's give them a reason to be.

Do people think that these sites Anon is freezing have any impact on the way these companies do their daily jobs?

Sober Thal:
Do people think that these sites Anon is freezing have any impact on the way these companies do their daily jobs?

No, it's like leaving a flaming bag of shit on their doorstep, ringing the bell and sprinting away screaming "ANONS REVOLT!"

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

This.

They took down a police website?

.........yay?

Honestly, I was in support of them a couple of years ago but if we are going to legitimize our "platform", the nerd platform as some congresspeople put it (or the platform of people fighting for "new media"), we have to do a little house cleaning on the cyber-terrorists in our group. It's hard to be taken seriously when the default response is "HACK ALL THE THINGS"

Azmael Silverlance:
These are just attacks out of desperation nothing will happen because of them. These arent websites we visit everyday and them being taken down for a short amount of time will not in fact do any real damage.

Take down amazon.com then you know...people will freak out and be scared. Because if you take a site like this that makes $ out of being online and available then people will pay attention.

Taking the departement of justice down does what? Piss them off and makes them shut down another site. Who wins in that exchange ?

But these attacks were in response to a very specific action by a specific group. They shut down the Department of Justice website because it was the Department of Justice that they have a problem with. Attacking amazon would be just plain stupid because you would be attacking a group that had nothing to do with the actions you are protesting.

Martin Luther King Jr marched on Washington because he wanted political change. The occupy Wall Street movement is on Wall Street because people want economic change. Anonymous attacked the Department of Justice because they want law enforcement to change in a specific way. This is a protest. They are acting like protesters.

Yes, anonymous. Show that the government doesn't need to police the internet by attacking the government's websites.

Good job, guys.

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Now, because some of the admins have gotten pathetically uppity about low content posts, I have to say something meaningful for some reason. So... I think that this will do more harm than good, but it's going to be fun.

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

but for the record, the poster was taped at the edges, the same edges were torn off when they brought the poster down!

MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I think they are starting to act more like protesters than anything. They are like Occupy but instead of going somewhere they occupy things digitally.

Also, anyone else amused that the OP (I think its Grey for this article) put links to the sites that are inaccessible?

I fully support Anonymous in this. DDOSing may be illegal, but in my opinion it's one of the loudest forms of peaceful protest (no one gets hurt, but lots of people notice). Who cares if it has no real effect. The general public don't know that, so it gets their attention because they think that someone's hacked a government website.

I feel sorry for anyone who's lost lots of data due to MegaUpload's shutdown. It once again proves that the US government has no idea how the internet works (as if we needed more proof). It's like if a few people were hiding ripped CDs in a self-storage warehouse, so the government dropped a bomb on it.

SpiderJerusalem:

Kopikatsu:
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.

Robin Hood, Batman, Zorro, V and countless of other images of vigilantes attacking the corrupt law in power would like to disagree with you. Anon might not be the answer we're looking for, but I'd much rather them taking out the morally bankrupt corporations that are trying to bully the rest of the internet to behave.

Also, regulating the internet will never work, and should never be implemented.

...You do realize that you just listed a bunch of fictional characters, right?

And I'm not sure what your point is. The law doesn't like vigilantes. Listing vigilantes who attack the law isn't a good way to refute my point.

You know half the time Anon's dealings seem a bit dubious and silly but for this... I'm glad they are giving those corporations/government institutions at least a bit of a hard time.
Even if it's only a slight annoyance to them, I'm glad.

Seriously companies "trying"(they aren't really so much trying as succeeding) to run the world... f'off please.

I bet Eidos Montreal thought they were being all futuristic when the voice over for the Deus EX trailer was saying "...corporations have more power than the government...". No, no boys and girls. It's here and now.

So anon can announce attacks on twitter, yet my account gets suspended the same day I make it without even so much as writing a curse word or posting anything illegal. Seriously, fuck twitter.

In the internet world, Anonymous in the group of confused anarchists who spend their evenings revolting against society by kicking garbage cans and scaring old ladies. This will only serve to paint anti-SOPA protests as pirates and hackers. I don't think they could possibly have done more damage to the opposition.

I've got a warm bomb shelter for anyone willing to bring over some snacks and watch a Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon. No Incredible Hulk though. Never the Incredible Hulk.

The whole 'using links posted in random places to make drones' makes me happy. Might actually get idiots to stop clicking on every single retarded link they can.

OT: Anon, whether doing it for good/bad/lulz reasons, wont stop. The more people whine, the more fuel it provides. Have to say though, i fully support what they are doing. A lot of my friends used megaupload for college/uni files and i really don't see them getting money back for now defunct subs.

I'm sorry, but I gotta ask, why the Utah chiefs of police association? That seems like an oddly specific target that has oddly little to do with this affair.

Bah! Double post.

Just a reminder that anon have done good things in the past :)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/10/24/anonymous-operation-darknet.html

DrOswald:

Azmael Silverlance:
These are just attacks out of desperation nothing will happen because of them. These arent websites we visit everyday and them being taken down for a short amount of time will not in fact do any real damage.

Take down amazon.com then you know...people will freak out and be scared. Because if you take a site like this that makes $ out of being online and available then people will pay attention.

Taking the departement of justice down does what? Piss them off and makes them shut down another site. Who wins in that exchange ?

But these attacks were in response to a very specific action by a specific group. They shut down the Department of Justice website because it was the Department of Justice that they have a problem with. Attacking amazon would be just plain stupid because you would be attacking a group that had nothing to do with the actions you are protesting.

Martin Luther King Jr marched on Washington because he wanted political change. The occupy Wall Street movement is on Wall Street because people want economic change. Anonymous attacked the Department of Justice because they want law enforcement to change in a specific way. This is a protest. They are acting like protesters.

No i agree with you 100%. But your examples were of people and protests that had a strong impact. This attack however makes no real plash and nobody will really lose sleep over that.
Hundreds sitting on a street is something completely different

Daystar Clarion:

I hate it when someone's logic contrary to mine makes perfect sense.

It happens sometimes :) Happens to me all the time. :)

Baneat:

Sober Thal:
Do people think that these sites Anon is freezing have any impact on the way these companies do their daily jobs?

No, it's like leaving a flaming bag of shit on their doorstep, ringing the bell and sprinting away screaming "ANONS REVOLT!"

Which costs them thousands of pounds to remove.

WMG was down for an hour...Imagine what that would do to, say, Tesco's.

Anon, we were handling this just fine through legal means, kindly fuck off. You're just proving to these people that they're right and that laws like these are needed YOU FUCKING IDIOTS!

viranimus:

No, I that is a legit question. Honestly? I was born poor, Ill die poor. So not having a lot of disposable income you try to prioritize. Its hard justifying spending extra money for recordable media that seemingly has just as much chance to fail. when a more cost effective means was made available for a realistic price of 350 USD 1 time for lifetime webhost,(and illustrating how cheaply that level of service SHOULD cost, because it can be done) I chose to reward that. I saw it as a choice to save a massive amount of money on physical media. Granted since 2008 I have more than saved 350$ of physical media that I did not have to buy.

I would say I have saved more than 3500$ not having to buy CDs and then DVDs. Then there is also the consideration how quickly a library of thousands of burnt CDs/DVDs becomes cumbersome, time consuming and unwieldy to manage. So when my situation came to the point of needing something to get away from CDs/DVDs I tried external hard drives first. I went through 3 of which all promptly died. Flash drives while more reliable still do not have the storage capacity I need. So then I tried to give Megaupload a chance and in that time they had never failed to disappoint me. It became an unexpected godsend to be able to do things I had never considered practical before like accessing files anywhere there is a PC with an internet connection, even from different locations Figuratively it took an act of congress to interrupt that reliability and adaptability of service.

Also, please understand that I respect my work is really not all that great. I had no intentions to create for profit or for anyone else to see/hear/experience it. I was just trying to create for the sake of creating.(Grrr... I just realized my most recent minecraft save file is stored there) These files are not intended for public use or anyones eyes but mine. I know many are bad, impractical, unuseful so I dont want to expend a lot of money to hoard trash. Cause even though most of it is worthless trash even to myself, There might be some I wrongly critiqued as being trash, that might actually be a master piece (million monkeys producing shakespear theory) or something that becomes a point of inspiration for something else later. If I had made it with the intention for someone else to see it, or on a for profit basis, Yes I would have invested more into protecting that investment. But seeings as was for my personal enjoyment/satisfaction I think that it was an appropriate level of investment for the value of it.

I never really thought of it that way - how much money has been spent from CDs to DVDs to Exhds. I'm guilty of this and I have spent a lot of time consumed by transfers and organization.
You have every right to be pissed - no matter how you feel about your art and its intentions, your right to access it and do with it as you please had been compromised. You can not be held at fault because people choose to use the same system for "illegal" reasons. I don't get why they don't continue to just tell the website to take down infringing files - they do this with youtube all the time. It's smell so rotten to me. How can you punish everyone? That would be like banning alcohol because a select amount abuse the substance or drink & drive.
And on an even deeper level, I'm not so sure this is theft - yes, megaupload is making money off of advertising that could be linked to copyrighted material, so why not hit them in the wallets then? If they are making so much bank, can't the people who are upset recoop that way? And isn't this just a system that the entertainment industry needs to get behind? The ease and safety - the reliability of product - so many people would gladly pay a fee to have a service like that.

Frostbite3789:

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'?

If you really think about it nobody really did anything of actual value. As ridiculous as Maddox can be, he does have a point here.

people are boycotting E3,so that's one thing, Wikipedia blacked out, that's another thing, as it"inconvenienced people" 30 000 people pulled their domain names from godaddy, hit them in the money, that helped. and he even admitted that we got our way, despite him saying "none of it's going to work you all suck QQ".

the guy has the flimsiest point I have ever seen, or at least terrible, terrible, supporting arguments that were clearly proven wrong. the only good thing to come from that article was the suggestions of what to do and who to hit, the rest was trash honestly.

Disasterpiece Press:
How can you punish everyone? That would be like banning alcohol because a select amount abuse the substance or drink & drive.

You should have a look at the prohibition that happen in the states.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition_in_the_United_States

Seems to be how their government rolls.

I don't believe megaupload deserves to be shutdown, but I don't know anyone who uses it for legal purposes. I know it hosts some game patches and other stuff but I only hear about the piracy aspect. Instead of destroying Megaupload, attack the people who are putting pirated things on there. Killing the messenger rarely works if history is a good indicator.

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

Haha, yes. Anonymous like to flatter themselves a lot with big, smug speeches, but the extent of their action is limited to pointless, feckless attacks that have no long term result and produce no lulz.

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