Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

November 4, 2010 -

Hacking group Anonymous managed to take down the website of The United States Copyright Office. The group managed to take copyright.gov offline for half an hour, according to TorrentFreak. After awhile the site returned, with a few hiccups here and there. The group has been busy in the last two months, taking down web sites for anti-piracy advocacy groups, businesses, government sites, and law firms.

The Internet operation began in September with DDoS attacks against the MPAA, RIAA, and anti-piracy firm AiPlex Software.

The attack of the United States Copyright Office. The attack started at 3 PM GMT yesterday and took down the site for half an hour, after which it partially recovered. The site continued to run slowly thereafter, as it - no doubt - fended off attacks here and there.

The web site, copyright.gov, was selected as a target because the group claims that it is "Perpetuating the system that is allowing the exploitative usage of copyright and intellectual property."

Source: TorrentFreak


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Re: Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

I love how dismissive these comments are to potentially the emergence of one of the strongest force we have yet to see and which is fighting battles in an entirely new way. While it's fun to dismiss them as script-kiddies, the fact remain Anonymous is a vast group composed of a lot of competing interests. This is the closest to a democracy we might have yet come. And they have shown no fear to face Titans, no matter how many fall, nor any tiredness in hunting for elusive targets.

Do be wary, because this is likely a force that will mark History.

Re: Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

I'd be impressed if they would be less cowardly. They're nothing more than hooligans to me, and that's all they'll ever be until they have the balls to ACTUALLY face their opponents.

Re: Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

Shouldn't the 14 year olds be in class?

Re: Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

Yeah, 'cause it's not like the US Government has the money and resources to track down hackers and punnish for sabatoge, maybe even throw in a "cyber terrorism" charge, or anything like that.  Oh wait...

Re: Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

No one ever said that civil disobedience wasn't risky. Gandhi and MLK both knew that.

-Greevar

-Greevar

"Paste superficially profound, but utterly meaningless quotation here."

Re: Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

Are you seriously comparing a bunch of hackers to Ghandi and Martin Luther King? Seriously?

Re: Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

Are you seriously comparing a DDOS attack to hacking?

...Not that I have a problem with your overall point, of course.

Re: Anonymous Takes Down The U.S. Copyright Office

This was a DDoS, it's near impossible to track down the thousands or tens of thousands of people participating globally.

 
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Andrew EisenI bet there's a lovely comedy of errors surrounding that list's journey to the IGDA's page!11/22/2014 - 6:49pm
Andrew EisenAnd the fact that it was curated by some random person on Twitter should have been another.11/22/2014 - 6:48pm
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Andrew EisenKate Edwards' Twitter: "like people, tools are imperfect; we've removed it for now."11/22/2014 - 6:35pm
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WonderkarpI've yet to find the IGDA responding too the situation other than deleting a link.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
Matthew WilsonI hope the IGDA understands why its a mistake, that's all I want.11/22/2014 - 6:33pm
Andrew EisenHeh, lawyering up would be grossly overracting! And really silly. Well, if what the IGDA did say was not enough for you, try contacting them and letting them know how you feel.11/22/2014 - 6:31pm
Wonderkarpall I want is an apology from the IGDA. nothing fancy, not even addressed to me. Just something that says, "We messed up. We're Sorry" thats it. Not exactly those words except Sorry. If I was overreacting, I'd be lawyering up.11/22/2014 - 6:29pm
Andrew EisenI get it, I just think you're taking it the wrong way and overreacting.11/22/2014 - 6:27pm
Wonderkarpatleast Matthew understands why I am miffed at that list11/22/2014 - 6:26pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - That I agree with. Linking to that list was silly. Hopefully IGDA will more carefully vet the resources it links to make sure they do what they're supposed to.11/22/2014 - 6:25pm
Andrew EisenNope. No insults.11/22/2014 - 6:21pm
WonderkarpAnd here come the insults. Wanna throw some more?11/22/2014 - 6:18pm
Andrew EisenYou're an English major? Wow.11/22/2014 - 6:16pm
Matthew Wilsonno I am glad they did, but I want this talked about so it does not happen again.11/22/2014 - 6:15pm
Wonderkarpdude, I'm an english major. It means everybody on that list is a harasser but they couldnt get all the harassers in the list.11/22/2014 - 6:14pm
 

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