[ISN] Anonymous retaliates for Megaupload shutdown, attacks DOJ, others

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2012 02:45:20 -0600 (CST)

By Nancy Gohring
IDG News Service
January 19, 2012

The hacker group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for attacks that 
have taken down websites run by Universal Music, the U.S. Department of 
Justice and the Recording Industry Association of America in retaliation 
for the government's removal of the Megaupload websites.

"The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes 
down government and record label sites," the Anonymous Twitter feed 

That note was followed shortly by this one: "Megaupload was taken down 
w/out SOPA being law. Now imagine what will happen if it passes. The 
Internet as we know it will end. FIGHT BACK." The tweet referred to the 
Stop Online Piracy Act, an Internet piracy bill being considered in the 
U.S. Congress.

Megaupload.com distributed a variety of digital content, including music 
and movies. On Thursday, the U.S. DOJ announced that it had charged 
seven people who allegedly were affiliated with the site with running an 
organized criminal enterprise responsible for worldwide online piracy of 
copyrighted content. The DOJ worked with authorities in New Zealand, who 
arrested four of the seven people.


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