After FBI Federal agents executed a shutdown on the files sharing website Megaupload on Thursday, the response of Internet comes rapidly from none other than Anonymous.
New York / NationalTurk -FBI attests that Megaupload, the fifteenth most popular website on the internet with ties to Hip Hop super-producer Swizz Beatz was guilty of costing copyright holders upwards of $500 million in lost revenues because users of the service can easily and freely upload and distribute pirated material. FBI Federal prosecutors pulled the plug on Hong Kong-based Megaupload.com, arrested four execs of the website in New Zealand as part of the sting targeting illegal downloads and unsealed an indictment charging seven people with content piracy causing losses of a half a billion dollars.
Megaupload Shutdown Response by Anonymous effective
Megaupload boasts an audience of 500 million users daily, therefor a reaction was expected. And one came swiftly from Anonymous. Only minutes after the Web began digesting the news of the Megaupload crackdown, that response came by way of thousands of upset users, many aligned to the online collective hacktivists known as Anonymous.
The Web based attack started rapid and strong and only intensified. The website of the US Department of Justice, justice.gov. was the first one to fall. Next target was the internet site for Universal Music Group, a dedicated SOPA supporter and the largest record label in America. It was hacked and put down.
#OPMegaupload is a big sucsess by Anonymous
Over the course of a few hours, Anonymous hacktivists waged attacks on site after site, unleashing a fury like one the Web never faced and before long the web presence for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Broadcast Music, Inc., or BMI, respectively fell victims to anonymous hack attacks. Anonymous saved the best for the last as the final hack attack took FBI website down.
Anonymous calls it the single largest Internet attack in its history, and it crippled the biggest sites for the US government and entertainment industry. To those close to Thursday’s campaign of web-based retaliation, it not only was a necessity but it was only the first step in a battle that’ll continue for a while to come.
Anonymous battle with FBI starts today : FBI Website Hacked
Anonymous collaborators say the shutdown couldn’t be scheduled at a worst point by Us governmenta and FBI. It is a terrible case of happenstance that federal agents went after Megaupload only hours after the thousands of sites protesting in an anti-SOPA blackout went back online. Web surfers were by-and-far ready to defend an open Internet, far ready than the feds.
It took 70 minutes for the #OpMegaupload campaign to take hold online and take down the websites of great importance. As more realize that the fight against SOPA and similar legislation is a fight worth taking sides for, people think it will only grow in intensity. And it goes step by step.
Those steps will lay the groundwork for another mission, an operation going under the banner of #OpDonkeyPunch. With that initiative, the US Congressman that think that they can support SOPA and keep the dirty industry money handed over by lobbyists will be made an example of.