Anonymous hits FTC owned web site in new cyber attack

Anonymous is continuing to lead cyber attacks against various web sites. TheNextWeb.com reports that the newest victim is OnGuardOnline.gov, the official online security site of the US government's Federal Trade Commission. The hacker group not only launched a cyber attack against the site but defaced it with the Anonymous logo, a sound file and a message that warns of even more attacks to come.

The message basically states that if lawmakers try to vote the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act into law, " ... we will wage a relentless war against the corporate internet, destroying dozens upon dozens of government and company websites." The web site has now been taken down completely.

Anonymous has been waging its newest cyber war since Thursday when the US government shut down the Megaupload file sharing site. Anonymous hit a number of government and media trade organization web sites on that day including the official sites for the FBI and the Department of Justice. On Sunday the group apparently deleted the entire web site of the CBS TV network. The site was restored a few minutes later.

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I somehow predict that this will have essentially no real/long-term effect like that last few rounds of activity from them the last year or so. What ever happened to all those who got arrested last year anyhow?

Irony at it's best.. a security focused government site hacked.. not just DDoSed but Defaced. And in what world does Piracy Prevention == Hack Prevention??

conGrats anon.
Everyone here that complain about this will be the first one to complain when the gov will shut every one of their sites.
You guys are doing something.
Don't worry, there are people following you and supporting you.
Again, congrats.

Wow. Anonymous sure is coming back with a vengeance... I thought they were pretty much done with their hacking (Since they hadn't made news in a bit), but this is just nuts.

because SOPA and PIPA are tools with the capability to control what you access, so they can be used to block a site or to control groups from accessing some segments of a network, like a firewall.

got my point now?

jingarelho said,
because SOPA and PIPA are tools with the capability to control what you access, so they can be used to block a site or to control groups from accessing some segments of a network, like a firewall.

got my point now?


No, because the point of SOPA is to stop online piracy, not to censor arbitrary content.

Memnochxx said,

No, because the point of SOPA is to stop online piracy, not to censor arbitrary content.

sorry sir, but the point of SOPA/PIPA is to create mechanism to control a network, in this case is being applied to control piracy, but in the end is all about controlling what users do in a network. It is very simple after to change that from piracy only to other things.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but SOPA/PIPA are focus in piracy and copyrighted material, not exactly denial of services... So I don't think it will re-enforce anything related to it... why do people say that these attacks will only help sopa and pipa giving them a reason to exist ?

Because most of the world doesn't understand "the internet." They don't know the difference between piracy, hacking, DDoSing, etc. The attacks spread FUD and that's about it. Look at what happened with terrorism and the TSA. Anonymous are cyber terrorists (though thankfully fairly harmless, so far), and the government's uninformed knee-jerk reaction is going to be to pass overreaching legislation like SOPA and PIPA.

am i wrong or this kind of attacks only strengthen the point of laws like SOPA and PIPA?
i'm not saying this kind of laws are good, but if you are not internet "educated", this kind of actions might justify the creation of even stronger law against piracy. For the most people, the people that uses internet as they use a microwave (push the button and it work), these guys are the same pirates that copy movies, music and games.

Oh noes, they took down another website. Does it even matter anymore? So a website is down, it's not the end of the freaking world. Bravo, script kiddies.

Bra...

Vo.

joep1984 said,
So a website is down, it's not the end of the freaking world.

Will you say the same thing if SOPA passes and your favourite websites start disappearing because the Government takes them offline?

Intrinsica said,

Will you say the same thing if SOPA passes and your favourite websites start disappearing because the Government takes them offline?

I agree with you. Sometimes peoples said things out of their ass.

Intrinsica said,

Will you say the same thing if SOPA passes and your favourite websites start disappearing because the Government takes them offline?

No, because those sites matter. Nobody gives a crap about the sites that Anonymous is taking down. It's not like they took down a government operations site. They just took down their end-user informational site which serves no real purpose. They aren't disrupting the operations of the government agencies with whose views they disagree, they are just giving a handful of IT guys a bad day.

FarCry3r said,

I agree with you. Sometimes peoples said things out of their ass.

you know what I find funny, people will complain and say big deal they DDOS a site big deal, do something beyond that. So then they deface the site and they again say big deal LOL

ArmedMonkey said,
No, because those sites matter. Nobody gives a crap about the sites that Anonymous is taking down.

Just because you don't use it doesn't make it unimportant.
They aren't disrupting the operations of the government agencies with whose views they disagree, they are just giving a handful of IT guys a bad day.

My thought process on the matter is that they are saying, "look, if you keep this up we can cause you headaches" and possibly against more important sites. And no, Facebook is not what I mean by an "important site."

No, he's right. Nobody cares about this site. Not even the government. The guy in charge is just going to restore to the last backup then resume surfing the internet for the next seven hours of his shift.

joep1984 said,
Oh noes, they took down another website. Does it even matter anymore? So a website is down, it's not the end of the freaking world. Bravo, script kiddies.

Bra...

Vo.

How do you know they're script kiddies? Was that site using a common cms with known vulnerabilities? Cause if not, and they wrote their exploit code, you'd be wrong.

joep1984 said,
Oh noes, they took down another website. Does it even matter anymore? So a website is down, it's not the end of the freaking world. Bravo, script kiddies.

Bra...

Vo.

Actually they hacked the site. Maybe if you read the article you would know that, but then considering your comment maybe you wouldn't understand it anyway.