Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

Summary: Anonymous is going after the music and entertainment industries as well as the Department of Justice in retaliation to several arrests made on Thursday morning.

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Although we haven't heard much from them lately, the hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming credit on Twitter that it has attacked the websites belonging to government agencies as well as the entertainment industry on Thursday.

So far, Anonymous has successfully shuttered the websites belonging to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America, and Universal Music.

On Thursday afternoon, the sites of the former three organizations were completely down, while Universal Music's page only read "The Site is under maintenance. Please expect it to be back shortly."

CNET: DOJ, entertainment industry sites attacked after piracy arrests CBS NEWS: Justice Dept. website shut down in apparent hack

The security breaches come after several arrests this morning concerning Megaupload, a file sharing service company.

They can also be summed down to the sentiments in this AnonDaily tweet:

#StarveTheBeast Trend this. The entertainment industries will see that they can not simply censor us for the basis of profit.

These events also come one day after many websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, went dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

The hacker collective is reportedly also going after WhiteHouse.gov, but that portal was still up and running normally at the time this post was published.

Anonymous also threatened (and successfully thus far) launched mass DDoS attacks against music royalties firm BMI and the U.S. Copyright Office.

Previously responsible for many other notable attacks and inciting protests across the globe last year, Anonymous boasted today's events as its "the largest on scale attack ever" at a record of 10 sites in 20 minutes.

Based on Anonymous' Twitter feed, we can also expect attacks the sites of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Viacom, The Regents of the University of California, former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (also chairman and CEO of the MPAA), and any organization that has publicly voiced support for SOPA.

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  • Temporary inconveniences, nothing more

    Anonymous "takes down" a site temperailly, then moves on, fearing it's exposure should they linger in one place too long.
    the next day the sites are back up, and life continues.

    Why do they even bother, as it is clealy a waste of their time.
    :|
    Tim Cook
    • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

      @Mister Spock ---- Oh yeah? It's 6:30pm cst and riaa.com, mpaa.com and doj.gov are still down.
      sackbut
    • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

      @Mister Spock

      What do you figure it cost them for an entire day without service?
      NoAxToGrind
      • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

        @NoAxToGrind

        It costs them exactly nothing. The cost is always moved to the customers/tax payers.
        PollyProteus
    • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

      @Mister Spock It's not a waste of time because it is sending a message. It is letting them know what they can do and that these companies can't stop them.
      lifegiver36
    • I agree, minor effect

      @Mister Spock: I have to agree with Mister Spock. Taking down these simple targets will have little to no effect on the behavior of the organization's management. If they hacked into the RIAA, MPAA, US Chamber, etc. and published management's emails and word documents on the internet, I suspect this would have an effect. Who knows, maybe even their spouses would be upset.
      jerry2k
    • Waste?

      @Mister Spock

      Dude, it made all of the national / global headlines.
      rhonin
    • It's just like picketing in front of a business. It's to raise awareness.

      @Mister Spock It's like any other public demonstration. They want media attention drawn to the issue. It's just as useful as picketing in front of the offices for a day, but without the aching feet.
      BillDem
  • So we are going to have Cyber civil war ...

    ... over copyright issues? The tech industry needs to launch a legal, continued offensive against Big Content, and through lobbying and other efforts, disrupt the content industry's historical cartel-like hold on entertainment, as well as the industry's cozy relationship with the government. Platforms like Xbox Live and Google TV, should spur an explosion of content that siphons away money from big content, and spur the growth of competing content entities, which have little desire to collude and run to the government whenever technological change comes along - but which instead adapt to and embrace the change.
    P. Douglas
    • The best way to fight this is to starve the people buying Washington

      @P. Douglas : Don't buy movies or music from MPAA or RIAA supporting companies. Don't buy software from SOPA supporting companies. Turn off non-news network TV that supports SOPA. Just do without. DO it from Feb thru March. Let them starve under their own bloated weight and let the stockholders see the effect since March is Quarterly reporting time. Don't pirate or you just feed fuel to the fire against the blackout. Use the web instead to entertain yourself by learning. Go read a book. Go outside and meet your neighbors. Most of us have enough already purchased material to keep us entertained for months, so the almost crack-like addiction we have for media can be mitigated. Don't give in. Don't roll over and submit. Make it a movement across the country. Spread the word.
      Zorched
      • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

        @Zorched

        I agree a commercial boycott is a great idea, vote with the $$$$
        let the media companies like FOX, GE NBC, DISNEY ABC and other starve. Boycott movie theaters and don't buy Apple or Sony downloads for six months.

        There are lots of books in the library, music on radio..............just don't buy their stuff, give them a bad cash flow two quarters.

        Wall Street will downgrade them.
        blacklocus1@...
      • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

        @Zorched

        I agree a commercial boycott is a great idea, vote with the $$$$
        let the media companies like FOX, GE NBC, DISNEY ABC and other starve. Boycott movie theaters and don't buy Apple or Sony downloads for six months.

        There are lots of books in the library, music on radio..............just don't buy their stuff, give them a bad cash flow two quarters.

        Wall Street will downgrade them.
        blacklocus1@...
      • Agreed!

        @Zorched Plus, if we all stop buying their products in protest, our media-puppet government can't do anything about it. There is nothing illegal about not buying products from an industry you despise.
        BillDem
    • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

      @P. Douglas Great Post - From South Africa. Exactly my sentiments, but how can we co-op the general consumer with their vanity, greed and fast- food mentality.

      The general public is held captive by alcohol induced, drug addicted, fashion enslaved, sports motivated, bulimic nervous, entertainment employed, wealth affirmed, surgery altered, beauty mandated, youth obsessed, parliamentary privileged cohorts.

      When we stop buying wrist watches as it is replaced by mobile device, stop wearing black clothes as it inhabits radiation of waves through the ozone layers, when we use logic then it may be possible.

      But I still like your thoughts. First reply on internet to any post, because all the moral postings i have read have no form or value.
      TinyRamsamy
  • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

    I have the biggest crush on Anonymous! Way to stick it to these corporate and government bullies. Wish the government would actually start servicing the interests of its people and not corporate dollars.
    jcpaylor@...
  • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

    It wasn't a hack, it was a DDOS. Get your terminology right =D

    Personally, I think all of their targets had it coming.
    Imrhien
  • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

    When are they going to take down Evil Inc.? Crapple is the most vile,evil corporation on earth.
    Stephen-B
    • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

      @Stephen-B

      Oh dear god, you mean you don't drink the koolaid? You don't live in the Apple Reality Distortion Field? Quick, someone call the thought police, we have a renegade!!!
      PollyProteus
    • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

      @Stephen-B WHAT on God's Green Earth does this have to do with [i]Apple[/i]? Do us all a favor and go take a long walk off of a short pier you freaking troll.
      athynz
      • RE: Anonymous hacks DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music websites

        @Pete "athynz" Athens
        +1000000000
        T-Wrench