Anonymous #OpMegaupload – The Internet Strikes Back

21 jaan.

Megaupload, one of the world’s largest file-sharing websites, was shut down today and its founder is facing charges of violating piracy laws. Four others linked to Megaupload were also arrested in New Zealand.

Megaupload.com is accused of costing copyright holders more than $500 million dollars in lost revenue from pirated music, movies, and other content. All of this comes after the proclaimed “largest internet protest” of the SOPA that happened on Wednesday.

Soon after the news that Megaupload had been sued, the website of the DOJ (Department of Justice) went offline. Other websites such as the RIAA’s (Recording Industry Association of America) website, MPAA’s (Motion Picture Association of America) website, and now WMG’s (Warner Music Group) website later joined the state of being offline.

Anonymous, in an operation dubbed ‘OpMegaUpload’, has claimed credit for the attack.

A Russian news service is claimed to have stated that “this is the largest coordinated attack in Anonymous’ history.”

Within minutes of the megaupload, site being shut down, and DOJ releasing its statement, Anonymous sprang into action and started taking down a ton of sites — including websites for the DOJ, the US Copyright Office, Universal Music, the RIAA, the MPAA and a bunch of other sites. Most of the sites are back up at the moment, but the war will continue.

Anonymous launches largest attack ever, crippling government and music industry sites. Hacktivists with the collective Anonymous are waging an attack on the website for the White House after successfully breaking the sites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America, as well as fbi.gov

Many members of Congress have just changed their stance on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, the raid on Megaupload Thursday proved that the feds don’t need SOPA or its sister legislation, PIPA, in order to pose a blow to the Web.

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