If it's crap ... We'll tell you
The combination of the hacking nebula's SOPA animosity—they've been a vocal opponent of the bill since its inception—combined with today's sudden Megaupload news has made the group bubble over: hundreds upon hundreds of Anon operatives are in a plotting frenzy, chatting about which site will go down next. In Anon's eyes, the government and media interests are responsible for the undue destruction of Megaupload (and the arrest of four of its operators), so it'll be exactly those entities that're feeling the pain right now. Pretty much every company that makes movies, TV, or music, along with the entirety of the federal government, is in Anonymous' crosshairs.
Update: Anonymous says they've also knocked off the RIAA's site—looks down for us at the moment as well.
Update 2: Universal Music Group has also fallen off an e-cliff.
Update 3: Goodbye for now, MPAA.org.
Update 4: Affected sites are bouncing in and out of life, and are at the very least super slow to load. Anon agents are currently trying to coordinate their DDoS attacks in the same direction via IRC.
Update 5: The US Copyright Office joins the list.
Update 6: This Anon sums up the mood in their "official" chat room at the moment:
Danzu: STOP EVERYTHING, who are we DoSing right now?
Update 7: Russian news service RT claims this is the largest coordinated attack in Anonymous' history—over 5,600 DDoS zealots blasting at once.
Update 8: the Anonymous DDoS planning committee is chittering so quickly, it's making my laptop fan spin.
Update 9: Major record label BMI is down for the count.
This is insane!
That's what they all get for shutting down Megaupload! I am so pissed that the government did that!
what will you do about? you must do something
Oh i will! They will pay for this!
we tried to reason.
they ignored us.
with their thumbs up their asses and their target still in the dark let see what their next move will be.
BREAKING - MEGAUPLOAD IS BACK, NEW #MEGAUPLOAD SITE - megavideo.bz -anon
It was back up but now it's down again.
Can tech savvy folks help me understand this issue a little better? We are all against the SOPA bill correct? A bill that I understand has good reason, but is flawed in its execution. Internet piracy is wrong, and should probably be stopped, but censoring the internet is not the way to achieve this.
With that said, how much pirated material was available on Megaupload.com? How much revenue did Megaupload generate through allowing people to share pirated material? I know they sell advertisement and faster downloading speeds, so I'm guessing it's pretty significant.
Now this is where I need some help understanding from those who are supporting Annonymous' actions. Should internet piracy be considered illegal, and what negative effects will we see going forward if we let pirated material be shared so freely online? If we want to bring an end to SOPA, are we sending the best message to government when retaliating after a known pirated material sharing site has been shut down? I don't know, but I can't help but feel that Annonymous' actions here are sending the wrong message.
It's like shutting down a phone company because illegal activity is planed through the service. I believe sopa and pipa would just make it much easier/faster to do what they did to megaupload, allow blocking of sites that have any possible copyrighted material, and allow isps to monitor all your activity.
The wrong message? I don't know I feel like this can be used to fuel the internet policing fire but really what more do they need when bills like this are already being discussed? We'll see what happens.
I see your case, and agree with much of it. SOPA can and probably will result in some extreme and completely exaggerated actions by the government. Lets just hope that this doesn't happen.
I haven't used Megaupload much, so I have to ask, what is usually shared on this site? The main use I can see for the site is to share copyrighted material illegally, but I may be mistaken in that assumption. I look at Megaupload much the way I look at Napster. It is a means of sharing files, but most of them aren't actually owned by the person sharing them. If this is the case, I personally don't see any problem shutting them down, but can understand why others may have a problem.
As far as the wrong message statement, I think you are right. We are on a slippery slope here, and it's tough to see how any of this will be interpretted. The government has already shown how out of touch they are with the common people's beliefs when it comes to internet censorship, so no telling how they will see this retaliation.
I haven't used it but once and that was for a game mod but I would imagine a majority was copyrighted material.
That's awesome i wonder what they would do if SOPA passed?