Anonymous attacks Ukrainian government after Demonoid bust

Anonymous attacks Ukrainian government after Demonoid bust

Summary: In retaliation to Demonoid's demise, Anonymous has begun its own denial of service attacks against the Ukrainian government.

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Following news of Demonoid's takedown, the hacktivist group Anonymous attacked the Ukrainian government on Tuesday with its usual technique: a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

The collective targeted and took down the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine (nrada.gov.ua), the Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights (uacrr.kiev.ua), and the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association (apo.kiev.ua).

All the sites appear to be fully operational again at the time of writing.

The initiative, dubbed OpDemonoid, was explained by an Anonymous-released video -- seen above -- which announced the plan on Tuesday.

In a previous statement to the public, Anonymous reminded the Ukrainian government that they had faced its wrath before. Here's an excerpt:

Haven't you, Ukraine, learned anything from the Anonymous Collective? You were attacked once, and yet feel the need to keep censoring us, your people, and every day hard working citizens? Ukrainian government, You should have expected us.

Last month, a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack brought Demonoid to its knees. Last week, the server was turned off completely and the site led to a dead end. Then it came back to life, and started redirecting to random sites full of advertisements. Eventually this stopped and both demonoid.me and demonoid.ph crumbled again.

Then we learned that the situation was much worse. Demonoid was busted by Ukrainian authorities who had a talk with ColoCall, the largest datacenter in Ukraine. Mexico initiated a criminal investigation into Demonoid's owners.

Anonymous is apparently interested in punishing Ukraine right now; it's not yet clear if Mexico will be next.

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Topics: Security, Government, Outage, Piracy

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • So it was a contracted hit

    this should be a good fight. Mercenary hackers vs. Anonymous.
    thesgc1
  • The Internet should be free

    Keep going Anonymous. Bring down the bigwigs trying to take away our freedom.
    sammysamples@...
  • New Playground

    This is the new playground. The bullies have changed from the jocks to the geeks and it is now not a physical place the fight is going on. Anonymous is just "the new bullies".
    BobManGM
  • related news... kjdfjkdfjkdfjk was taken down!

    And why should we care.... who's "Demonoid"? ...what's the core issue "internet should be free" (per @sammy-)?
    UnCommonCents
    • if you dont know Demonoid...

      Then you dont know much about the internet. Go somewhere else, newbie.
      Chuck Ufarley
  • bad news for demonoid

    Bad news for Demonoid.
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    And as we all know, private trackers are MUCH safer than the public trackers (like demonoid)!
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    PrivateTorrent
  • bad news for demonoid

    Bad news for Demonoid.
    But you can find much safer private trackers if you join torrentinvites.org
    And as we all know, private trackers are MUCH safer than the public trackers (like demonoid)!
    If you want a replacement to Demoniod come to torrentinvites.org
    PrivateTorrent