MPAA and RIAA websites hit by cyberattack

MPAA and RIAA websites hit by cyberattack

Summary: The organisations' websites and an Indian anti-piracy site were crippled by attacks from 4chan and the Anonymous collective

TOPICS: Security

The websites of the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and an Indian anti-pirate organisation were crippled under a spate of coordinated retaliatory attacks.

The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks were part of Operation Payback, launched by the Anonymous collective and users on the infamous online forum 4chan, which targeted and crippled the organisations' websites after it was reported the companies had previously attacked pirate websites using the same techniques.

"We target the bastard group that has thus far led this charge against our websites, like The Pirate Bay," said a post captured by TorrentFreak. "We have the manpower, we have the botnets, it's time we do to them what they keep doing to us."

For more on this story, see Pirate 'payback' attacks target web hitmen on ZDNet Australia.

Topic: Security

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  • And the net effect of this DDOS is what? Nothing. A site that nobody has cause to visit was unreachable by all the people who never visit it anyway?

    Presumably it has a Streisand effect, people are reminded that the RIAA and MPAA also have a website and are not just a faceless lobby organisation representing an ever decreasing minority of the media businesses.

    RIAA's members now represent less than 30% of music sales in the US. Let the dinosaurs die in peace please!