Hacker collective “Anonymous” continues to strike at sites around the Web in retaliation for the government shuttering Megaupload.com, and today the notorious group briefly took down Twitter.com’s homepage according to numerous social media sites while other sources complain of a “government ploy”.
The “government ploy” circulating on Facebook and Google+ alleges that the U.S. Department of Justice has shutdown Twitter to stop the spread of several attacks by Anonymous who utilize numerous affiliated Twitter accounts to publicize and expand their exploits.
Anonymous has a long history of attacking government and business websites, and on Thursday the organization intermittently shut down the Department of Justice and Universal Music‘s websites. The collective said through various channels that it was retaliating for the shut down of popular file-sharing site Megaupload.com. Anonymous also recently made headlines for hacking into Stratfor’s website and database, stealing credit card information and other sensitive details.
Anonymous took down Twitter.com in a rather unusual manner Sunday afternoon after taking down CBS.com’s homepage as well. As Gizmodo points out, the CBS takedown wasn’t a standard distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack because the CBS homepage only showed an index page with a single file. That suggests that whoever hacked the site deleted everything on it.
The CBS site was down for about 20 minutes, according to the @YourAnonNews Twitter account, an official broadcast channel for Anonymous. Showing its global reach, Anonymous is also apparently attacking several Brazilian websites today as well, including the websites of Brazil’s federal district and Tangara da Serra city. Quite a way to retaliate for Megaupload.
The Department of Justice indictment against Megaupload alleges that it is connected to a vast criminal enterprise has caused more than $500 million in harm to copyright owners. If convicted, the company and its executives could forfeit $175 million in assets, including 15 Mercedes, a Maserati, a Lamborghini, a Rolls-Royce with the license plate “GOD,” and a huge pile of computers and large-screen TVs. Four people, including Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, were arrested Thursday in New Zealand, and three others named in the indictment are unaccounted for.
The Twitter.com site was back up as of 4:50 PM EST with several “Anonymous” user related accounts deleted; but then suddenly went back down at 4:55 PM EST.
Taking a shorter break than their last vacation, Anonymous is back at it already. Reports are coming in that they had completely knocked out CBS.com for a good period of time. This wasn’t your regular DDoS attack because if you went to CBS.com at the time Anon attacked it, there was nothing except an index page with a single file. Basically, Anonymous gained access to CBS.com and deleted EVERYTHING.
CBS.com has managed to put itself back up but we’ll be on the lookout of Anonymous’ next move. This is going to be interesting.
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