Anthony De Rosa

Anonymous takes down several websites over shutdown of Megaupload.com

Anthony De Rosa
Jan 19, 2012 23:45 UTC

Earlier today Reuters reported that file sharing website Megaupload.com was taken offline and charged with copyright infringement by a U.S. grand jury.

In response, the loose knit hacker collective “Anonymous” has organized a protest using a brute force method of flooding a website with so many requests it falls under its own weight, a tactic they call a LOIC (low orbit ion cannon) or DOS attack (denial of service).

The victims of their attack so far: the Department of Justice, the RIAA, MPAA, and Universal Music. As of the publishing of this post, only the MPAA had regained its footing and the other sites remained inaccessible.

The FBI issued this press release about the Megapupload arrests.

Who is Anonymous?

Anthony De Rosa
Sep 7, 2011 21:13 UTC

Hacker collective Anonymous has been involved in some of the highest profile hacks in the last couple of years. I talked to Cole Stryker who recently wrote a book about the group.