Posted in industry | music | technology on January 19, 2012

"http://www.justice.gov & universalmusic.com TANGO DOWN! You should have EXPECT US!" - AnonOps

Anonymous

"Anonymous's favorite weapon for these attacks is what's called for a "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attack, which directs a flood of traffic to a website and temporarily crashes it by overwhelming its servers. It doesn't actually involve any hacking or security breaches.

The Anonymous attack came soon after the DOJ announced the indictment of seven individuals connected to Megaupload for allegedly operating an "international organized criminal enterprise responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of copyrighted works."" [CNN]

"Hacktivist" collective Anonymous are retaliating for the closing of Megaupload, claiming responsibility for taking down the websites of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the US Justice department, Universal Music Group (and a French affiliate) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). All of those sites are currently unreachable, and there are current threats against Senator Chris Dodd's website, Whitehouse.gov, FBI.gov, Vivendi France, and many others.

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Comments (35)

keep on rockin in the free world

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:19 PM

While this is entertaining and I support it, Anonymous think they're the coolest people alive. Willing to bet they're almost entirely overweight and still living at home.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:31 PM

Wamp. Wamp.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:39 PM

I totally support the actions of Anonymous, but I just can't support those masks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:41 PM

Stick it to the man.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:44 PM

The lulz when everyone here is posting as Anonymous.

Posted by Anonymouse | January 19, 2012 7:04 PM

Dorkupy the internet

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 7:23 PM

Moo Goo Haha

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:10 PM

just leave mediafire alone...

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:38 PM

The government can't shut down a web service that exists in another country.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:27 PM

People like getting free music and movies

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:30 PM

What I can't figure out is how Anonymous can have web accounts like Twitter and such and the government can't know who it is and where they post from.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:03 PM

^Thats so cute how youngface you are.

Newb.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:06 PM

^ what does that even mean? let's hear it 10:06, since you know everything.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:15 PM

sites like megaupload should be the ones targeted and not sites like Brooklynvegan, which potentially could be if SOPA and PIPA were passed.

I love downloading free music, but I'd rather have Mediafire, Hulkshare, etc. axed before having those bills in effect.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:16 PM

^ good luck with that. power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:38 PM

Here comes the inter-net!
Galaxy Defenders.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:09 PM

We are AnonHUMMUS! We are legion. Pita Triangles for all

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | January 19, 2012 11:33 PM

just don't take down bv

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:41 PM

10:03 I know Mom and Dad can afford your macbook, so naivety is there considering you do everything on your computer. You fucking moron never heard of i.p. scramblers or the very least public computers?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:59 PM

11:59 chill the fuck out

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 12:04 AM

YANNONYMOUS

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 3:12 AM

welcome to the new world, rich brooklyn kids. you didn't think the party would last forever did you? now go to the local independant record store and buy something.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 6:57 AM

it's called dynamic ip or vpn, stunad

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 9:02 AM

I think as the current system continues to fail we'll see more and more of this kind of revolt.

It takes a while before things "hit home" with various social pockets, but when it hits..even the rich Brooklyn kids will want to hit back

Posted by Burg | January 20, 2012 9:39 AM

it's called a static MAC address, finocchio

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 9:41 AM

This is the modern equivalent of the Bootleggin' wars between G-Men and gangsters. Folk anti-heroes.

The Man knows not what it do. Unlike the Capone days, the rebels are going to win. Why? Less at stake. Only the profits of a few old men.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 10:01 AM

why does this make me think that something that will be known in the future as the Internet Wars has begun?

Posted by atx | January 20, 2012 10:05 AM

Ron Paul 2012!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 10:05 AM

as much as i'm against SOPA etc and i use megavideo... it is blatantly breaking copyright laws and stealing intellectual property. totally understand why 'they' would want to shut it down.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 10:12 AM

The war on piracy will be as effective as the war on drugs. Billions of dollars and many years later...NO RESULTS!!! Please put our tax dollars to better use than this nonsense!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 11:18 AM

"welcome to the new world, rich brooklyn kids. you didn't think the party would last forever did you? now go to the local independant record store and buy something."

Welcome to not having a clue you fucking idiot. You really think them taking down megaupload stops the so called party you speak of? Hate to break it to you but this party will never end. The government are always gonna lose this battle.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 11:45 AM

The government isn't trying to "win this battle," they're trying to save face for Obama with his big money sources in the entertainment biz. The incompetent fool is trying to have it both ways on this, and you dim little sheep will fall in line and buy it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 12:05 PM

Welcome to the JUNGLE

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 12:15 PM

"Pirates will live forever baby, we just like roaches, never dying, always living."
(Premo - Above The Clouds intro)

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 1:13 PM

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