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1 Bob Dillon  Thu, Jan 19, 2012 4:25:57pm

Anonymous has sure been quiet lately, but today’s federal bust of Megaupload riled ‘em up good: a retaliatory strike against (and plenty of other foes) leaving them completely dead. is reporting the department’s site as universally nuked, and an Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account is boasting success. This is almost certainly the result of a quickly-assembled DDoS attack—and easily the widest in scope and ferocity we’ve seen in some time. If you had any doubts Anonymous is still a hacker wrecking ball, doubt no more.

The combination of the hacking nebula’s SOPA animosity—they’ve been a vocal opponent of the bill since its inception—combined with today’s sudden Megaupload news has made the group bubble over: hundreds upon hundreds of Anon operatives are in a plotting frenzy, chatting about which site will go down next. In Anon’s eyes, the government and media interests are responsible for the undue destruction of Megaupload (and the arrest of four of its operators), so it’ll be exactly those entities that’re feeling the pain right now. Pretty much every company that makes movies, TV, or music, along with the entirety of the federal government, is in Anonymous’ crosshairs.

Update: Anonymous says they’ve also knocked off the RIAA’s site—looks down for us at the moment as well.

Update 2: Universal Music Group has also fallen off an e-cliff.

Update 3: Goodbye for now,

Update 4: Affected sites are bouncing in and out of life, and are at the very least super slow to load. Anon agents are currently trying to coordinate their DDoS attacks in the same direction via IRC.

Update 5: The US Copyright Office joins the list.

Update 6: This Anon sums up the mood in their “official” chat room at the moment:

Danzu: STOP EVERYTHING, who are we DoSing right now?

Update 7: Russian news service RT claims this is the largest coordinated attack in Anonymous’ history—over 5,600 DDoS zealots blasting at once.

Update 8: the Anonymous DDoS planning committee is chittering so quickly, it’s making my laptop fan spin.

Update 9: Major record label BMI is down for the count.

Update 10: La résistance est international—French copyright authority HADOPI bites the dust under Anon pressure.


2 researchok  Thu, Jan 19, 2012 5:17:23pm

Anarchy. 2012.

3 Bob Dillon  Thu, Jan 19, 2012 5:56:11pm

re: #2 researchok

Anarchy. 2012.

Gotta admit they have the potential to be a balancing factor to the incestuous corporate-political complex which is totally out of control. ~5600 and growing - me thinks they are here to stay.

4 EiMitch  Fri, Jan 20, 2012 1:22:33am

re: #3 Bobibutu

And they will fuel the pro-SOPA/PIPA arguments. Internet vigilantism (a.k.a. cyber-terrorism) is counter-productive to internet freedom. The 18th blackout protests did alot more good, which has probably just been undone.

Megaupload’s demise should’ve been “exhibit A” for why SOPA/PIPA are pointless. Instead, anon-hackers have stolen the show and demonstrated that the net is lawless. What do you think will be the next move of a bunch of tech-illiterate, corporate-crony, lawmaking luddites? Sure, anon might get around SOPA/PIPA or even worse laws, but the rest of us are surely bent-over and lubed with tabasco. Thanks alot you self-righteous hackers.

This has been another new reason why I hate anon.

5 Bob Dillon  Fri, Jan 20, 2012 12:57:49pm

re: #4 EiMitch

Your points are well taken. Some will get busted but they are here to stay.

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