Anonymous Responds In A Big Way

Courtesy Akamai

Today was an extraordinary day for those of us who support the legitimate grouses of the hacking community  with government and the legal system being in bed with  the music and film industries. The RIAA and MPAA have been going after individuals for downloading in the US and claiming ridiculous amounts of losses. Kids, grannies and even people without computers are being  threatened and and made to pay thousands of dollars to escape prolonged litigation.

Today the New Zealand authorities acting as lackeys…err… law enforcement agents for the US government arrested the guy behind Megauploads – a site that allows people to upload large files. According to the FBI’s site ( at the time it was working) :

January 19th, 2012

Popular file-sharing website megaupload.com gets shutdown by U.S Justice – FBI and charged its founder with violating piracy laws. Four Megaupload members were also arrested. The FBI released a press release on its website which you can view here:

The thing is, it is never good to piss off Anonymous because shortly thereafter a massive cyber attack was launched through the Anonymous distributed network. That is the picture you see at the top of this post.  A coordinated attack that has knocked out the sites of  justice.gov , universalmusic.com, riaa.org , mpaa.org , copyright.gov ,hadopi.fr , wmg.com , usdoj.gov , bmi.com , fbi.gov. Yes, that’s right they even knocked out the FBI’s site.

This is probably the most ambitious response by  Anonymous yet ( or that we know of). The thing I love about Anonymous or any hacker group for that matter is that it is widespread and everywhere – it is the ultimate in people  power.

Anonymous ( one can never be sure if it is actually them) seemingly released a statement  late this evening which was tweeted by @AnonymousIRC:

January 19th, 2012

Popular file-sharing website megaupload.com gets shutdown by U.S Justice – FBI and charged its founder with violating piracy laws. Four Megaupload members were also arrested. The FBI released a press release on its website which you can view here:
http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/justice-department-charges-leaders-of-megaupload-with-widespread-online-copyright-infringement

We Anonymous are launching our largest attack ever on government and music industry sites. Lulz. The FBI didn’t think they would get away with this did they? They should have expected us.

#OpMegaupload
The following sites were taken down in response to the FBI shutting down megaupload.com
🙂 TANGO DOWN
justice.gov
universalmusic.com
riaa.org
mpaa.org
copyright.gov
hadopi.fr
wmg.com
usdoj.gov
bmi.com
fbi.gov
DOX of MPAA CEO Chris Dodd (original: http://pastebin.com/mvLYNdWB)

Read the rest here ( which also includes some personal info about MPAA execs to let them know it is personal).

We’ll see where the war ends but I must disagree with Star Trek – the internet is the final frontier.

The map above reminded me of  the film War Games :

For the kids out there the movie was pretty amazing in its day –  you can see it in in full ( for the time being) on YouTube.

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One Comment to “Anonymous Responds In A Big Way”

  1. OMG you post a link to the full movie! Priceless 🙂

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