Anonymous Exacts Revenge for Megaupload Takedown

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I find Anonymous to be a little much for my liking.

I have no doubts that Anonymous will some day get people killed with one of their hacking stunts. Some one want to explain how a group who illegally terrorizes various places on the internet, either for fun or because they don't like them, aren't terrorists? FYI, 'because I think those people deserve it' isn't a good answer.

Ultra-Chronic Monstah:
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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.

Pretty much this, and +1 for agreeing on the low content post obsession.

Let's face it, a low content thread can only really produce a low content post. Sure it's NEWS, but...not a whole lot to talk about.

Whoop di fucking doo? Is anyone else reminded of this?

I like anonymous and everything but is what they do really any more influential than signing a petition? Or maybe, doing what Extra Creditz did in their latest episode?

EDIT: Ninja'd. Except not really cos they said it ages ago... But still..

And internet terrorism strikes again. I'm sure the US government will just immediately crumble and bow because the US government is so famous for taking terror attacks and giving up.
(The sarcasm gauge... it's overloading! BOOM!)

im not really an anon fan, but honestly the argument that it gives the feds an excuse to police the interwebs is really thin. they proved with the mega takedown that they don't need an excuse. they just do.

and anon activity isnt terrorism. at best its social disobedience.

anons were probably very active in the sopa protest. but since there were already an organized campaign i expect their efforts went in to supporting the official movement. anon action historically comes only if there is no legitimate activism in motion.

Shutting down a few sites isn't going to impress the feds. Step up your game Anonymous. Show them what you're capable of.

I used to support Anonymous ... now they just get on my nerves ...
It's pretty obvious that the feds aren't ever going to decide to make things better because of what anonymous is doing, I never expected it to be like that. But I had always hoped their efforts would be enough to start getting other people involved. But now that we've done that, with the blackout and occupy and everything, I just think they sort of get in the way now ... we need more protests, but not from them, not anymore.

I`m kinda happy! I had a long and fruitful history and future with MegaUpload...

...sure, theyre methodology could use some work but their motives are fine with me!

Anon has my full support. And possibly my serial, and regiment number on this. I absolutely detest the conditions in which megaupload was taken down, what the hosts are having to go through, and the fact that the US of all places decided to shut down a domain located in Hong Kong... Part of me hopes China will be overly mad and retaliate. Possibly with nuclear fire. At least the internet will be safe from the United States of Facis- I mean world polici- I mean freedom hate- I mean America. Sorry, long day.

I don't understand how taking a website down does anything. I mean if they actually hacked into their system/database sure. But they are essentially just tearing down a poster like XKCD pointed out. I'm pretty sure most of the people working for these agencies haven't even looked at their public website or care it exists.

I don't have anything against Anonymous but I don't think they are doing anything that will actually bother anybody at the end of the day.

Robert Ewing:
Part of me hopes China will be overly mad and retaliate. Possibly with nuclear fire.

As pissed off as I am at the US government over this, I would never hope for this. Besides China isn't exactly a place for internet freedom normally. I don't think they give a rats ass.

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

This.

Honestly, these attacks amount to little more than a minor inconvenience. When we're talking about a government that deals with nuclear arms threats regularly or a multi-million dollar international corporation, a few DDOS attacks seem pretty insignificant.

im not one to support anonymous at the best of times, i personally think they cause more trouble than good but since the us government has stolen my shit with taking down megaupload i say anonymous.. go for it

I honestly can't say that I believe that the guys whose websites have been taken down will see this as anymore that irritating. Really. Anonymous will be feeling all chuffed, but all they've done is been mildly irritating and done some chest pounding.

I don't think Anon was serious by defacing/removing the facade. Isn't it Anon's SOP to reveal embarrassing secrets, suspicious subscriptions, personal details and the names of the target's pet chihuahua?

Taking down Megaupload won't kill piracy, the debacle with Pirate Bay proved that. I don't understand why can't the government just pressurize Megaupload to follow Youtube's practice - take down pirated stuff based on reporting and investigation. Sure it'll be labor intensive and time consuming but I'm sure people will be more forgiving than taking down an entire website. I'm going with hyperbole here but if Youtube can why not others?

Unless taking down a large foreign business is a form of chest-pounding, in which case I have nothing to say. I'll just hope the Impocalypse comes quicker.

Ugh anonymous is just another problem, exactly one of the reasons the dinosaurs in washington should be afraid of leaving the internet unregulated, they just make things worse. They have no cause, they are just hackers who will attack anyone they disagree with regardless of merit.

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.

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?

This. So much this.

Anonymous, die a fucking fire, you childish, inconsiderate bastards.

Kopikatsu:

Primus1985:
*basement of Anon headquaters* "Ah let just fire up Megaporn... that's strange, -refresh-... Damn wait a minute...OHHH So their gonna shut down websites that thousands, maybe millions use on a daily basis? Well we can play that game too!"

In other words, its about to be "On like Donkey Kong"

Fixed that for you.

Lol hey, ya never know:p

Good work Anonymous, keep it up. In all honesty I've supported Anonymous for the most part, this one part in particular. Megaupload is an important part of the web and shouldn't have been taken down.

Robert Ewing:
Anon has my full support. And possibly my serial, and regiment number on this. I absolutely detest the conditions in which megaupload was taken down, what the hosts are having to go through, and the fact that the US of all places decided to shut down a domain located in Hong Kong... Part of me hopes China will be overly mad and retaliate. Possibly with nuclear fire. At least the internet will be safe from the United States of Facis- I mean world polici- I mean freedom hate- I mean America. Sorry, long day.

See this is the sort of thing I can't stand, (sorry to pick on you Robert, I just picked your comment out of a number of them.) Megaupload has always been pretty much a front for piracy. Kim Dotcom and his lot get people to pay them for a service that essentially lets them download shit for free. Sure it poses as a legitimate file sharing service but let's not play dumb here, we all know what Megaupload is for. Dotcom sure did, that's why he took such a piss-poor stance on policing his own service - he knew what his customers payed him for and as long as the money kept rolling in, (and it did big time judging by the monstrosity in Auckland,) he was quite happy keeping it up. Now he's facing the music. I have no idea whether current legislation is strong enough to convict him of anything or get him extradited but as far as I'm concerned he's a criminal - I'm saying that based mostly on his history.

Anonymous reacting the way they did isn't a surprise given the high emotions brought on by all this SOPA stuff - but it's not anything against SOPA. This is just against the falsely perceived right among so many that they should be able to download whatever they want for free. The rest of them are just caught up in the emotion of it all. They have mistakenly assumed that the Megaupload thing has anything to do with SOPA. It doesn't. The recent take-down of Megaupload is the result of an operation that has been going on for over a year. It is the result of a lengthy criminal investigation, not a company lodging a copyright complaint. As for Megaupload it is a multinational company, it may be technically based in Hong Kong but it operated from everywhere including the US in which it had servers. An indictment was filed in the US, Dotcom was arrested by New Zealand police he is currently in the New Zealand court system. He has been charged. There is nothing unjust about this and there is nothing unjust about the take-down of his network while this is going on. If you arrest someone for operating a front distributing illegal material you don't let them continue operating while they are being put through a criminal trial.

I don't expect anyone conducting DDos attacks to understand the intricacies of the legal system or even the details of what is going on - which is just one more reason they should back the fuck off and learn a thing or two before acting like spoiled children. They're not doing anyone any favours here, least of all themselves.

GIFT at work.... As if Cyber thuggery is going to enact political change, other than getting bitch slapped with an iron fist

Take that, Utah Chiefs of Police Association! You can take our lives! But you can never take... umm... our umm... someone help me out here...

Wow, members of anon must feel like some kind of badass in their mom's basement or something. Cyber-terrorism is still a form of terrorism. Hopefully they'll find some of the folk responsible and stick them with the prison sentences they so obviously deserve.

They aren't even vigilantes, just twatbags. Vigilantes in this situation would be finding a way to restore MU and its sister sites, what anon is doing is just criminal and utterly meaningless like everything else they've ever done.

This situation with MU, even SOPA itself, cannot get enough 'First World problems' pictures featuring it.

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DarthFennec:
I used to support Anonymous ... then i took an arrow to the knee ...
It's pretty obvious that the feds aren't ever going to decide to make things better because of what anonymous is doing, I never expected it to be like that. But I had always hoped their efforts would be enough to start getting other people involved. But now that we've done that, with the blackout and occupy and everything, I just think they sort of get in the way now ... we need more protests, but not from them, not anymore.

Fixed that for ya :)

Leviano:

DarthFennec:
I used to support Anonymous ... then i took an arrow to the knee ...
It's pretty obvious that the feds aren't ever going to decide to make things better because of what anonymous is doing, I never expected it to be like that. But I had always hoped their efforts would be enough to start getting other people involved. But now that we've done that, with the blackout and occupy and everything, I just think they sort of get in the way now ... we need more protests, but not from them, not anymore.

Fixed that for ya :)

NO.

I doubt they can execute this plan for a noticeable amount of time, Also a vague "don't worry about your details citizens!" doesn't make them taking people's credit card numbers any more safe.

ooh hi anon

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'?

I think it has something to do with the fact SOPA 'was needed to protect their products' then they can get the government to turn around and take down the biggest fileshare website and hunt down EVERY member including the ..graphic designer.

Why did they need SOPA then? Besides to take over your life.

I can't feel bad for Megaupload if it manages to let $500 million worth of copywrited material on the site. It's their responsiability to enforce their no unatherized copyright material rule on their site to begin with.

Now how to do that with such a large amount of users per day is something they should actully be thinking about since clearly the current approach did not work. I do think it's reasonable to take the site temperaly offline in extreme cases but if the feds do it for you then I think you hardly can say you tried.

Now, maybe we can think of a few alternatives to prevent this in the future, hmm?

I really do hope people realise that if they take down a site, they didn't hack into the mainframes or take control of the computers there.

What this is is some random guy running up to a building and putting a padlock on the front door barring entry until the guy with the bolt cutters shows up.

Whaaaat!?

Why!?

MegaUpload was blatantly breaking the laws of piracy and the feds were just doing there jobs. If they were protesting because of SOPA I could understand, but SOPA is on hold indefinitely, so what's the problem!?

Honestly, it seems like they're just lashing out to say "oh hey, we're anonymous, we're so cool, let's take advantage of this situation!"

Oh boy, Anonymous. They're extremely relevant and responsible. I can't think of a single thing they have ever done that could be misconstrued as an offensive or mean spirited action.

Okay, I'm done. I think it's funny how seriously they take themselves. I wish I could say they're a badass terrorist organization out to restore freedom to the U.S but they're not so lets not kid ourselves.

While I'm normally not a big fan of stuff like this, I'm amused/glad that they attacked the MPAA and RIAA.

Sadly, it will bite the rest of us in the butt, but it's a solid point made: Don't p*ss off the nerds, moneybags.

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