Anonymous briefly takes down CBS.com

Anonymous has been on a huge cyber attack hunt on various web sites since Thursday when the US government shut down the Megaupload web site. On Sunday, the hacker group admitted via the YourAnonNews Twitter page they were behind an attack on the CBS.com web site. The official web site of the US broadcast TV network was down for about 20 minutes on Sunday.

Unlike the distributed denial-of-service attacks that Anonymous launched on Thursday against the official web sites of the Department of Justice, the FBI and others, the cyber attack on the CBS.com site seem to actually delete the entire content of the site. For a few minutes on Sunday, visitors to the site only saw an index page with a single file, foundry.html. Anonymous even posted an image of the CBS.com site, shown above, to illustrate their work. So far CBS has yet to comment on the attack.

It looks like Anonymous will be continuing these hit-and-run attacks on various government and media sites for a while in their quest to protest the Megaupload case. The group also seems to have found new ways to launch these attacks than just their standard DDoS tactic.

Image via YourAnonNews

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FBI is really not impressed by some temporary DDoS'ing IMO.
Anonymous thinks "AWWW YEAH WE'RE BADASS WE TOOK DOWN http://WWW.JUSTICE.GOV FOR A FEW HOURS"...

Who gives a ****? It's not even hacked, it's just temporarily under high traffic. Anonymous is weak.

This is just stupid. I'm still ****ed that CBS canceled Jericho but does that mean I have to take down their website no way.

Maybe the FBI will finely arrest these little children

How about hacking someone who actually is the "bad man"? You hack and shut down the FBI main frame or erase corporate fat cats bank accounts who got rich off the loans that put us all in this crap economy and I will praise your group! You hacked the people that report the news? Lame azz's!

Personally affected by this (I assume) because earlier today the CBS broadcast of the NFL AFC Championship went black for a good bit of time, full quarter of play (roughly 20-30 minutes real time).

Alladaskill17 said,
Personally affected by this (I assume) because earlier today the CBS broadcast of the NFL AFC Championship went black for a good bit of time, full quarter of play (roughly 20-30 minutes real time).

that was your local service provider, i watched the entire time glitch free, and this is the first i have heard of this happening at all.

Alladaskill17 said,
Personally affected by this (I assume) because earlier today the CBS broadcast of the NFL AFC Championship went black for a good bit of time, full quarter of play (roughly 20-30 minutes real time).

I think your problem was just your cable provider screwing up the feed, I never missed any of the game on FiOS.

Rather than take down the website, they should plant a whole new index with really useful info It's kinda like when "Max Headroom" made an appearance on TV (the TV hackers) and rather than provide useful info like exposing the goons, they just mooned the camera.

Anon... you're doing it wrong!!! :facepalm: if icons work here...

They can't do anything other than dos, and every time they do it, it becomes harder to do again. I don't know why anyone would support anything Anon is doing. Several countries are involved with the Megaupload take-down, and there is supposed evidence that is being handled exactly as any other business or corporation would be handled. What is the problem?

Spirit Dave said,
I'm confused why the Anonymice think this is ANY of their business? It's not.

They want the mindless kids out there to think they are some kind of hero.

Spirit Dave said,
I'm confused why the Anonymice think this is ANY of their business? It's not.

How do you know? They're anonymous.

Colin McGregor said,

They want the mindless kids out there to think they are some kind of hero.

And I wonder how many of these kids there are. By in large, most people who comment on tech blogs/forums think Anonymous and The Pirate Bay kids are freedom fighters. In fact, neowin maybe the smartest site I visit because many people here have half a brain.

CBS.com briefly taken down = Anonymous success
Megaupload permanently taken down = FBI success

FBI effects millions of people. Anonymous effects the few hundred old people that rely on CBS.

ShareShiz said,
CBS.com briefly taken down = Anonymous success
Megaupload permanently taken down = FBI success

FBI effects millions of people. Anonymous effects the few hundred old people that rely on CBS.

Word to big bird. They need to do real hacking and cause real damage if they want to make a statement. The whole DDOS business is pretty meh.

ShareShiz said,
CBS.com briefly taken down = Anonymous success
Megaupload permanently taken down = FBI success

FBI effects millions of people. Anonymous effects the few hundred old people that rely on CBS.

Yeah, but they probably know the difference between "effect" and "affect".