Thursday, January 19, 2012

US Gov shatters Megaupload, Anonymous strikes back takes down FBI and DOJ sites

In what is being described as one of the largest attacks by the Hacktivist group collectively know as Anonymous, Their DDoS (Distributed Denial of service) attacks on Government websites and sites related to the Music and Movie industries are being taken down one by one. This comes soon after it was reported that popular file storage site megaupload.com was taken down by the US government and it's top bosses have been arrested. The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, 37, and three other employees were arrested on  Thursday in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials. The site and it's owners have been accused of making $175 million while causing a loss of above half a billion dollars in copyright infringement. The site was among the top 20 internet sites and was being used to store large files with the ability for other users to download it. The more downloads the more points an uploaded got, this way a lot of TV material and movies were being distributed. 

Anonymous took it upon itself to protect the internet and launched #opmegaupload and #megaupload on Twitter. Soon afterwards sites associated with the take down were targeted and taken down. 
Sites that have been attacked till now
1. fbi.gov (Still Down)
2. justive.gov (Still Sown)
3. MPAA.org (was down but back up again)
4. Universal Music (Still down and out)
5. Riaa.com (Was down but now is up and about)
6. Warner Music Group (Back up again)

To keep track of sites that are falling down due to the DDoS attacks you can follow the hashtag #Tangodown on Twitter.

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