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‘Tango down’ – Anonymous attacks DOJ, FBI & record company sites following Megaupload arrests

Posted 20 January 2012 04:46 CET by Justin_Massoud

Following a surprise announcement by the U.S. Justice Department that it had wiped illicit cyberlocker Megaupload off the Internet map on Thursday, Anonymous struck back. Members of the faceless hacker group hit a major record label site and even the FBI’s homepage with a distributed denial-of-service attack courtesy of the infamous Low-Orbit Ion Cannon.

Announcing each victim at its AnonOps Twitter feed along with the military parlance “tango down,” Anonymous disrupted websites belonging to the FBI, DOJ and Universal Music within hours of Megaupload’s closure. Since that time, has come back online.

“The largest attack ever by Anonymous – 5,635 people confirmed using LOIC to bring down sites,” tweeted YourAnonNews, a tumblr devoted to the group.

In light of its compromised outlet, the DOJ also took to Twitter to release a brief statement explaining the site outage:

The DOJ web server is experiencing a significant increase in activity, resulting in a degradation in service. The department is working to ensure the website is available while we investigate the origins of this activity, which is being treated as a malicious act until we can fully identify the root cause of the disruption.

Prior to the attack, the DOJ announced that it had seized and its sister sites for copyright infringement. Founder Kim Schmitz (AKA Kim Dotcom) was reportedly taken into custody in New Zealand. The eccentric multimillionaire had purchased a mansion there two years ago. Three other men – Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk – were also detained for their alleged roles in the multinational operation.

The full indictment can be read here.

Not targeted (yet anyway) was the Motion Picture Association of America. Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd applauded the U.S. Justice Department’s actions in a press statement (.pdf).

“By all estimates, is the largest and most active criminally operated website targeting creative content in the world,” said Dodd. “This criminal case, more than two years in development, shows that law enforcement can take strong action to protect American intellectual property stolen through sites housed in the United States.”

Dodd said that Megaupload and its companion sites have earned over $175 million while costing copyright holders $500 million.

As for what’s next on Anonymous’ agenda, the group said only this: “Get some popcorn…it’s going to be a long lulzy night.”

Dedicated DoMi groupie
Posted on: 20 Jan 12 05:09
Google still has a cached view of the megaupload site.... not that that helps much.
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MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 20 Jan 12 17:10
The king is dead (Megaupload).
All hail the king (Filestube).
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New Member
Posted on: 22 Feb 12 22:04
this is laughable. you have the music and movie industry that are pirates by what they charge these days to see a movie or buy a cd, pushing the government to pass SOPA against online sites. Its only my opinion, but if they would just have common sence about everything and stop big brother from taking more of our rights away, and stop the movie and music industry from trying to get huge sums of cash out of individuals who cannot pay it. If everyone acted like mature adults and stopped thinking they need to charge an arm and leg for movies, music, and software they would not have a problem.
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