Anonymous takes down DOJ, FBI, Universal Music, RIAA, MPAA websites in response to MegaUpload news

Anonymous has been quiet for the last few weeks, but today, in response to the US Governments' sudden and unexpected move to take down MegaUpload, the group launched a denial of service attack on the Department of Justice website, rendering it unusable for the last hour.

To many, it appeared that the website had crumpled under the amount of users accessing the site after the news of the MegaUpload arrests and takedown, but it appears there may be more to the story.

According to The Next Web, while the "official" Anonymous Twitter account hasn't taken the blame for the attack, the Swedish branch has. Chatter is all over the #OpPayBack hashtag about the "success" of the attack and that the group took down the Department of Justice in just 15 minutes of the news breaking.

Does this mean Anonymous is back? If so, it could be in a big way. This is the first time the group has made a direct attack (and admitted it) on a US Government site, meaning the FBI is likely to respond swiftly.

Update: The Universal Music group, as well as the RIAA websites are currently offline too (or, very intermittently available), the group is yet to publicly comment but this appears to also be the work of Anonymous. See below update.

Update 2: The MPAA website is also offline. Tweets are claiming Whitehouse.gov is the next target.

Update 3: Anonymous just confirmed their involvement in the attack on RIAA/MPAA/Universal.

Update 4: We've heard that the FBI website may have been hacked. More soon...

Update 5: Copyright.gov is offline now, too.

Update 6: FBI.gov is the next target, according to this tweet

Update 7: This is getting personal. MPAA chief Chris Dodd's personal website is now under attack.

Update 8: Anonymous just dumped the database of the Utah Chiefs of Police association website with personal details and logins. We won't link this for obvious reasons. USDOJ.gov is down, too.

Update 9: Twitter has manually removed the #opmegaupload and #oppayback hashtags from trends and appears to be actively ripping out anything related.

Update 10: BMI.com is down.

Update 11: We're trying to confirm if Twitter actually does actively pull trends, it's common for the website to demote trends when they become "noise" (an example is Justin Bieber). Despite this, it's only been two hours so this should not have happened.

Update 12: DDOS and #DepartmentOfJustice just disappeared from US trends

Update 13: Anonymous is really hunkering down on Whitehouse.gov. It's not down yet, but they're not stopping tweeting about it.

Update 14: CNN reports: "Source inside Anonymous claims More than 27,000 computers involved in DOJ attack."

Update 15: #Megaupload is now at the top of Twitter trends, around 1800 tweets a second.

Update 16: We're still here. News has slowed right now, we'll update if anything happens.

Update 17: The Department of Justice finally caught on, tweeting that they're experiencing "high load." No kidding.

Update 18: They've managed to cripple FBI.gov. Impressive! 

Update 19: Proof of Mega group paying for content is coming out in the form of email leaks:

On or about February 5, 2007, VAN DER KOLK sent an e-mail to ORTMANN entitled “reward payments”. Attached to the e-mail was a text file listing the following proposed reward amounts, the Megaupload.com username, and the content they uploaded:

100 USD [USERNAME DELETED] 10+ Full popular DVD rips (split files), a few small porn movies, some software with key generators (warez)
100 USD [USERNAME DELETED] 5845 files in his account, mainly Vietnamese content
100 USD [USERNAME DELETED] Popular DVD rips
100 USD [USERNAME DELETED] Some older DVD rips + unknown (Italian serries?) rar files
1500 USD [USERNAME DELETED] known paid user (vietnamese content)

Update 20: That didn't last long, FBI.gov is back online.

Update 21: We can't believe this, but it looks like Megaupload is trying to get back online with a new URL. Not quite - the URL that is floating around "megavideo.bz" is a scam site and will infect your computer. We advise against visiting this site.


 

Update 22: Things seem to have quieted down for now. Please tip us if you hear anything else!

Update 23: Venturebeat got a list of seized items from the founder of Megaupload:

  • 2010 Maserati GranCabrio, VIN ZAMKM45B000051328, License Plate No. “M-FB 212” or “DH-GC 470”, registered to FINN BATATO;
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe, VIN WDD20737225019582, License Plate No. “FEG690”;
  • 2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM, VIN WDB2093422F165517, License Plate No. “GOOD”;
  • 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG 5.5L Kompressor, VIN WDB2093422F166073, License Plate No. “EVIL”;
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG L, VIN WDD2211792A324354, License Plate No. “CEO”;
  • 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe, VIN SCA2D68096UH07049; License Plate No. “GOD”;
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, VIN WDD2120772A103834, License Plate No. “STONED”;
  • 2010 Mini Cooper S Coupe, VIN WMWZG32000TZ03651, License Plate No. “V”;
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, VIN WDC1641772A608055, License Plate No. “GUILTY”;
  • 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, VIN WDD2163792A025130, License Plate No. “KIMCOM”;
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, VIN WDC1641772A542449, License Plate No. “MAFIA”;
  • 2010 Toyota Vellfire, VIN 7AT0H65MX11041670, License Plate Nos. “WOW” or “7”;
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, VIN WDB4632702X193395, License Plate Nos. “POLICE” or “GDS672”;
  • 2011 Toyota Hilux, VIN MR0FZ29G001599926, License Plate No. “FSN455”;
  • Harley Davidson Motorcycle, VIN 1HD1HPH3XBC803936, License Plate No. “36YED”;
  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, VIN WDD2163742A026653, License Plate No. “HACKER”;
  • 2005 Mercedes-Benz A170, VIN WDD1690322J184595, License Plate No. “FUR252”;
  • 2005 Mercedes-Benz ML500, VIN WDC1641752A026107, License Plate No. DFF816;
  • Fiberglass sculpture, imported from the United Kingdom with Entry No. 83023712;
  • 1957 Cadillac El Dorado, VIN 5770137596;
  • 2010 Sea-Doo GTX Jet Ski, VIN YDV03103E010;
  • 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, VIN 59F115669;
  • Von Dutch Kustom Motor Bike, VIN 1H9S14955BB451257;
  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM, VIN WDB2094421T067269;
  • 2010 Mini Cooper S Coupe, VIN WMWZG32000TZ03648 License Plate No. “T”;
  • 1989 Lamborghini LM002, VIN ZA9LU45AXKLA12158, License Plate No. “FRP358”
  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML63, VIN 4JGBB7HB0BA666219;
  • Samsung 820DXN 82” LCD TV;
  • Samsung 820DXN 82” LCD TV;
  • Samsung 820DXN 82” LCD TV;
  • Devon Works LLC, Tread #1 time piece;
  • Artwork, In High Spirits, Olaf Mueller photos from The Cat Street Gallery;
  • Sharp 108” LCD Display TV;
  • Sharp 108” LCD Display TV;
  • Sony PMW-F3K Camera S/N 0200231;
  • Sony PMW-F3K Camera S/N 0200561;
  • Artwork, Predator Statue;
  • Artwork, Christian Colin;
  • Artwork, Anonymous Hooded Sculpture;
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML350 CDI 4MATIC Off-Roader;
  • Sharp LC-65XS1M 65” LCD TV;
  • Sharp LC-65XS1M 65” LCD TV;
  • TVLogic 56” LUM56W TV;
  • Sixty (60) Dell R710 computer servers.
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This is just another tactic that the government is using as revenge for all the SOPA and PIPA opposition. Like a little angry child knocking over the other kids blocks because he can. Hide and watch, more sites will become examples.

But I have used MegaUpload to download legitimate and legal content, the government can just arbitrarily shut people down? I thought that was why we stopped SOPA...

WW Internet, this is crazy, but if SOPA/PIPA passes through the internet will surely be destroyed. We have built one of the greatest inventions of man, and some retarded judicial system is going to tear it up in a couple months.

Anonymous really are a bunch of interfering stains aren't they? This has NOTHING to do with them. If MegaUpload has done nothing wrong, they will win the case. No offence, but I can't remember a single time I was linked to legit download on MegaUpload. It's 99% pirate products. In many ways, it's not MU's fault, but at the same time, they're hosting files. And this time, the "he didn't host the files" excuse won't stick.

As it it wasnt enough the money that this big corporations rip from our pockets, now they are also riping our tax money to go after this...

The US Governement and politicians need to get their priorities right and start caring more about people an less about corporate bs...

Well, it's quite scary, but if three PIPa, SOPA and ACTA pass we will have to learn Russian, as paradoxaly it will be the only 'free internet' left. Still I have some laugh b/c of PIPA as the abreviation in polish mean 'pu.ssy, and nope it not because of 'pus.sy cat'. So I see mr. Obama is sending out some pu.ssy issues from his Barack(s).

Yo, idiot, Anonymous isn't a hacker. It's more like a web flash mob, a virtual gathering of like minded people with groups inside of groups. Most are developers that think censorship is bull$hit. The fact is that this sets a terrible precedence. I had a mega account with iso's I made of movies, music & some expensive software that I purchased legally. Who the hell is going to reimburse me for my legitimate items saved at mega? There are users that had lifetime accounts for loyally providing bug & beta info. People in development communities wow software & legally distributed it on mega. Just like always, the scum bags that lobby & hire politicians relatives for no show positions are the only people that get action. The net is world wide, popular things sell themselves & it never needs a bailout. You democrats open your eyes & see your freedoms & liberties slip away. If Obama has a website, let's all go visit it at the same time! See, the FBI investigated that as a crime, but all the bankers & corporations that killed world economies go free & get bonuses. Obama ran on a four letter word, HOPE... All he needs to do is add for more letters to be honest. HOPE+LESS = OBAMA

Having the license plates “EVIL”, “GOD”, “STONED”, “GUILTY”, “MAFIA”, “HACKER" is really going to help this dude's case in court! lmao!

The tenth amendment indicates that a service of the people may not be regulated by the government. ISPs are all private companies.

satukoro said,
The tenth amendment indicates that a service of the people may not be regulated by the government. ISPs are all private companies.

Umm no, I don't think you understand the government.

Government regulates private businesses by making sure they aren't breaking laws. Private businesses cannot hire illegal immigrants, they must have acceptable working conditions, etc.

Government also ensures that businesses are following laws, and if a business breaks a law (like copyrights or distributing illegal content), the government punishes them.

andrewbares said,

Umm no, I don't think you understand the government.

Government regulates private businesses by making sure they aren't breaking laws. Private businesses cannot hire illegal immigrants, they must have acceptable working conditions, etc.

Government also ensures that businesses are following laws, and if a business breaks a law (like copyrights or distributing illegal content), the government punishes them.

The amendment indicates that these companies should be regulated by than the states rather than the government.com

andrewbares said,

Umm no, I don't think you understand the government.

Government regulates private businesses by making sure they aren't breaking laws. Private businesses cannot hire illegal immigrants, they must have acceptable working conditions, etc.

Government also ensures that businesses are following laws, and if a business breaks a law (like copyrights or distributing illegal content), the government punishes them.

The amendment indicates that these companies should be regulated by than the states rather than the government.com

There's a very simple way to fix this. Stop going to the movies. Stop buying music from iTunes etc. the entertainment industry spends $100M a year lobbying elected officials to push their agenda. Instead of #OWS they should organize a boycott of movie theatres and online music.

downhillrider said,
There's a very simple way to fix this. Stop going to the movies. Stop buying music from iTunes etc. the entertainment industry spends $100M a year lobbying elected officials to push their agenda. Instead of #OWS they should organize a boycott of movie theatres and online music.

The trouble is, aside from getting people to actually do that, is that the RIAA/MPAA would turn around and scream that piracy was responsible for no one buying their stuff and push even more draconian legislation through.

TRC said,

The trouble is, aside from getting people to actually do that, is that the RIAA/MPAA would turn around and scream that piracy was responsible for no one buying their stuff and push even more draconian legislation through.

They would lobby, until they'd run out of money...The real problem is to actually convince enough people to boyocott movie/music industry to harm them. Too many people will go to cinema based on some trailer. Just look at how many internet boycotts end - people threatened to boyocott Modern Warfare 2 on PC, few months later you'd find most of these people playing the game

Wont this just make their new idea of 'logging-in' online before you do anything' be pushed further?? Thats all I see the outcome be. They will then sit there and say, "see, if any site can get hacked by anyone anywhere, then where is the security? We need lockdown, we need everyone to login their own credentials before visiting ANY website..."....uhhhhhhhhhh omg would that be horrid... I only fear this will be the outcome some day

theslam08 said,
Wont this just make their new idea of 'logging-in' online before you do anything' be pushed further?? Thats all I see the outcome be. They will then sit there and say, "see, if any site can get hacked by anyone anywhere, then where is the security? We need lockdown, we need everyone to login their own credentials before visiting ANY website..."....uhhhhhhhhhh omg would that be horrid... I only fear this will be the outcome some day
We already do that (sort of). Our IP addresses give away who we are and where we live (among other details).

it will make them think twice before messing with the massive army of the interwebz and show them they are trying to start a war they cant possibly win.

Daniel_Pooh said,
it will make them think twice before messing with the massive army of the interwebz and show them they are trying to start a war they cant possibly win.

No, it will make them even more devoted to securing and locking down the internet. A bunch of script kiddies (many soon to be arrested no doubt) doing DoS attacks aren't going to stop the government.

Question: would it be possible to keep (rapidly) developing stories like this one at the top of the front page?

RudyJ said,
Question: would it be possible to keep (rapidly) developing stories like this one at the top of the front page?

We can do that, yeah. I'm bumping it as I go.

i approve, They screwed rojadirecta but now the us goverment its just doing so many things that its outside of its jurisdiction, abusing the power and cpntrol they have the intenet... and they are doing it without the need of SOPA and PIPA... Things will get worse...

uhm....okay. So you manage to take off-line a bunch of webpages that are basically read-only, non-business critical b.s.

And this is to convince them somehow?

You want to create havoc, you kill any and all commerce websites that provides funds for MPAA/RIAA. (i.e., take over verisign and kill all credentials for e-commerce for sites that sell movies/music), not attack a bunch of info websites.

Rudy said,
works fine for me
You just have a cached version of fbi.gov simply clear your browser history and the site will be offline.

Totalaero said,
You just have a cached version of fbi.gov simply clear your browser history and the site will be offline.
Uhhhh... I've never visited the fbi's website before

Meh honestly... I say good on the DoJ for taking down MegaUpload. I tried to sign up for their service a couple years back and the only thing I got out of it was almost $600 in fraudulent credit card debits.

Although I would prefer they were taken down for reasons like that than for being a piracy hub.

NastySasquatch said,
Meh honestly... I say good on the DoJ for taking down MegaUpload. I tried to sign up for their service a couple years back and the only thing I got out of it was almost $600 in fraudulent credit card debits.

Although I would prefer they were taken down for reasons like that than for being a piracy hub.

Gee, now would anyone need a MU Premium account? Anyway, I'm not a fan of MU, but I'm certainly not happy with the shady practices of the US and the Obama administration. I cannot see how this is legal in any country's jurisdiction.

Anon needs to DDOS, then hack all these sites, reveal all personal information, flood these ******* e-mail addresses with porn, reveal all their e-mails, delete all the information they can, etc.

File Sharing Websites FTW

...and twitter has been taken down by legitimate users looking for the latest update on the takedown of other websites.. lmao.. You guys are going to the wrong websites!

This is a fantastic way to convince Congress to write and pass legislation making sure attacks like this can't happen.

Good work, anon. Remind me to send a congratulatory card when you graduate middle school.

fbi.gov is down. Though it looks like Level3 cut them off. Do government web sites count as critical infrastructure?

Totalaero said,
Thats a HOSTGATOR account.

i think it may have gotten taken down again or it is being over used . i only saw the site for a few seconds before i closed my tab that it was in and now its gone again so im not sure what happened

I'm sick of these idiots. At this point, I'll support the death penalty for these terrorists. Nobody wants SOPA or PIPA. But these people are terrorists---there IS no debate there.

ScubaDog said,
I'm sick of these idiots. At this point, I'll support the death penalty for these terrorists. Nobody wants SOPA or PIPA. But these people are terrorists---there IS no debate there.
lol?

ScubaDog said,
I'm sick of these idiots. At this point, I'll support the death penalty for these terrorists. Nobody wants SOPA or PIPA. But these people are terrorists---there IS no debate there.

terrorists, really?

ScubaDog said,
I'm sick of these idiots. At this point, I'll support the death penalty for these terrorists. Nobody wants SOPA or PIPA. But these people are terrorists---there IS no debate there.

Funny, I don't feel terrified at all.

ScubaDog said,
I'm sick of these idiots. At this point, I'll support the death penalty for these terrorists. Nobody wants SOPA or PIPA. But these people are terrorists---there IS no debate there.

Terrorists? Isn't the RIAA, MPAA etc the terrorists because their spreading the fear, fine people out of existence and put people in jail, what has Anon ever done, send a message in the form of a protest.

ScubaDog said,
I'm sick of these idiots. At this point, I'll support the death penalty for these terrorists. Nobody wants SOPA or PIPA. But these people are terrorists---there IS no debate there.

Do you work for MPAA/RIAA companies? If not, then I don't see any harm being done here. At the very least, Anonymous is the army of the internet and are heroes.

BetaAddict said,

Do you work for MPAA/RIAA companies? If not, then I don't see any harm being done here. At the very least, Anonymous is the army of the internet and are heroes.

I'm sorry, they aren't terrorists, but they sure as hell aren't heroes. Thats the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard. lol

Gaffney said,

Terrorists? Isn't the RIAA, MPAA etc the terrorists because their spreading the fear, fine people out of existence and put people in jail, what has Anon ever done, send a message in the form of a protest.

Read Section 1030(a)(5) of CFAA.

Breach said,

Read Section 1030(a)(5) of CFAA.

That's funny! I just read that part and i'm afraid that's not helping your argument at all.

I'm not sure how you define a terrorist but for me it's someone who use violence in order to scare people into submission. Can't say that anonymous uses violence and neither do they scare me. What scares me is the corporations and the government who tries to put up a system that censor/filter the internet. They say it will stop piracy but once the filter is online it would be very easy to just put in that extra line of code to filter out other stuff aswell.

Filesharing will find other ways but the freedom of speech won't and shouldn't even need to find a new way in the first place. Filtering/Censoring is ALWAYS BAD and it should never ever be applied to the internet.

Chicane-UK said,
To be fair, who ever used MegaUpload for anything legitimate?!

I used it quite a few times to share large video files with family across the pond... I bet out of the whatever amount of accounts theres like 50 that actually have copyrighted works.
Guess with the servers seized and all the root passwords known it won't be long to reverse the code and they can see how the site ACTUALLY worked and see if these people were organized criminals or just hard working IT staff who got caught in the crossfire.

Chicane-UK said,
To be fair, who ever used MegaUpload for anything legitimate?!

Wow you really don't know.

xbamaris said,

XDA Developers.


To be fair they used multiupload. Megaupload was always included.

xbamaris said,

XDA Developers.

I don't understand why. Dropbox offers software where uploading files is simply a drag and drop into a folder on your computer. Granted, I'm still new to rom development, so maybe it's just me.

satukoro said,
I don't understand why. Dropbox offers software where uploading files is simply a drag and drop into a folder on your computer. Granted, I'm still new to rom development, so maybe it's just me.

Because Dropbox doesn't offer much space for ROM developers for free.

UndergroundWire said,

Wow you really don't know.

Please enlighten me, all mighty knowledgeable one! I'm at the mercy of your vast intellect, and knowledge of all things relating to THE INTERNETS.

Clearly if MegaUpload was doing it's very best to curb the amount of pirated material it hosted, and was being used for more legitimate activities it wouldn't have targeted and shut down.. so um, obviously I'm not wrong.

UndergroundWire said,

Because Dropbox doesn't offer much space for ROM developers for free.

Ah, I see. Do you know how much it offers in comparison?

Chicane-UK said,

Please enlighten me, all mighty knowledgeable one! I'm at the mercy of your vast intellect, and knowledge of all things relating to THE INTERNETS.

Clearly if MegaUpload was doing it's very best to curb the amount of pirated material it hosted, and was being used for more legitimate activities it wouldn't have targeted and shut down.. so um, obviously I'm not wrong.

Your question and I quote

To be fair, who ever used MegaUpload for anything legitimate?!

Your argument is about the company yet your first statement is about the user. If I can name one group of people that have used for legitimate purpose then it invalidates your EXTREMELY FOOLISH statement. The XDA community has always used Megaupload (among others). So your argument is a fail. To be fair, you really don't know either what Megaupload was used for or English. You choose.

Knowledgeable one, out.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Jan 21 2012, 4:20am :

satukoro said,
Ah, I see. Do you know how much it offers in comparison?

I think the free version is at 2GB or 3GB. Since most Sense ROMs and TouchWiz ROMs are ~400MB and most developers have more than one ROM (different phones) the dropbox way is not that practical for them.

I thank you anonymous!!!! well done!!! bravo!!! I salute you!!! and megaupload were one of the good guys at least the had good intentions... they were always really prompt removing the pirated content unlike filesonic or others... what about rapidshare?
hopefully anonymous will teach them a lesson... the virtual world doesn't belong to governments... this is our world!

dpcdpc11 said,
I thank you anonymous!!!! well done!!! bravo!!! I salute you!!! and megaupload were one of the good guys at least the had good intentions... they were always really prompt removing the pirated content unlike filesonic or others... what about rapidshare?
hopefully anonymous will teach them a lesson... the virtual world doesn't belong to governments... this is our world!

You must have not read the article about MegaUpload in its full.. While I do not agree for them being taken down, however you should read the article in its entirety.

Fus10n said,

You must have not read the article about MegaUpload in its full.. While I do not agree for them being taken down, however you should read the article in its entirety.

In its entirety -
Government sees megaupload account for 4% of the US traffic.
Sees the owners are making money off it, I mean youtube can operate for free, so they shut it down.
They search seize and arrest people outside USA jurisdiction, of course they PERSONALLY dont do it but get the supporting country to (Germany? c'mon. Graf was arrested 2 times no issue with sonys MIB!)
Without solid proof their site was used any more for piracy than google/rapidshare/shareitall.com or whatever other website.

from what I seen people used the service, but any and every notice was actioned. I think there was even a button to report a link that was hosting copyrighted material for every user to click.... Its absolutely no worse than YouTube - except privacy was high and you could upload ANYTHING - as it was a file sharing site!

I see all those people who uploaded their files to it now are ***** as they are all gone. Hope you had a backup! the USA's wanted your infos!!!

srbeen said,
Its absolutely no worse than YouTube - except privacy was high and you could upload ANYTHING - as it was a file sharing site!

Incorrect, YouTube has strict regulations that scan every single clip and ensure there aren't any copyright violations.

andrewbares said,

Incorrect, YouTube has strict regulations that scan every single clip and ensure there aren't any copyright violations.


oh ye, type in any random artists and there are plenty of songs and they are not uploaded by the artist, record label or anything, just random users.

but i hope you where being sarcastic ;p

Fus10n said,
no one really uses those websites anyway.. attack something people use

Same thought I had. I doubt they even have much of a backbone connection. Probably running on something like 3mbps upload speeds . Seriously, they are just attacking these "face" pages. It is essentially the same as spraying a mustard packet on an officer's shirt and saying "haha"!

Good news, keep up the good work Anon. Someone uploaded an illegal file to Megaupload, fine, go after them, force Megaupload to remove the file, but you don't shut down an entire site effecting large numbers of people who aren't doing anything wrong. As for the RIAA... screw them, I have no pity what so ever.

Arexx said,
Good news, keep up the good work Anon. Someone uploaded an illegal file to Megaupload, fine, go after them, force Megaupload to remove the file, but you don't shut down an entire site effecting large numbers of people who aren't doing anything wrong. As for the RIAA... screw them, I have no pity what so ever.

For all we know, the government already contacted MegaUpload numerous times and told them to remove the files, but MegaUpload did not cooperate. Since they didn't cooperate, their punishment is being shut down. Sounds fair to me.

andrewbares said,

For all we know, the government already contacted MegaUpload numerous times and told them to remove the files, but MegaUpload did not cooperate. Since they didn't cooperate, their punishment is being shut down. Sounds fair to me.


I use megavideo allot for all the tv-shows we dont have here in holland (allot or BBC shows/documentaries aswell) and i do notice, megavideo does remove allot of files which they recieve DMCA's for. however, its allot less the last 1-2 months, not only megavideo, but videozer, videobb, gorillavid, putlocker etc. i barely encounter removed files and now this.
if it wasnt for those emails i read about them rewarding warez then there wouldnt be a case

but we'll see hope it gets back, videozer, videobb and megavideo where a nice trio to get easily passed the 72minutes limits.

There is a way to stop them ( government ). People needs to stand up and if this bill goes in effect then cancel there internet account.

If half or not even half the population would drop there internet account imagine the amount of billion's they will loose , hit them where it hurts ( money ).

I know not something that will happend . but i know i will drop mine once this thing gets approuved.

Sorry if my english is not that good but i still tried

seafirex said,
There is a way to stop them ( government ). People needs to stand up and if this bill goes in effect then cancel there internet account.

If half or not even half the population would drop there internet account imagine the amount of billion's they will loose , hit them where it hurts ( money ).

I know not something that will happend . but i know i will drop mine once this thing gets approuved.

Sorry if my english is not that good but i still tried

So you're saying that you should be able to walk into Target, take 10 DVD's off the shelf, and walk out without paying?

Cause that's what people do when they pirate movies or any other illegal content. SOPA is simply bringing real-world laws to the internet.

andrewbares said,

So you're saying that you should be able to walk into Target, take 10 DVD's off the shelf, and walk out without paying?

Cause that's what people do when they pirate movies or any other illegal content. SOPA is simply bringing real-world laws to the internet.

Copyright infringement and stealing isn't the same thing.

andrewbares said,

So you're saying that you should be able to walk into Target, take 10 DVD's off the shelf, and walk out without paying?

Cause that's what people do when they pirate movies or any other illegal content. SOPA is simply bringing real-world laws to the internet.


here here if you want something thats copyrighted, pay for it (its called capitalism)

AJerman said,
Claiming a DB dump is coming, so a DDOS may not be all they are doing.

it's not a claim. i'm looking at it right now

All these people saying oh yeh DDoS doesn't take any skill. Go on then, go and DDoS a site. It MAY not require SKILL. But you still need willpower, machines, bots.etc There not just doing DDoS there also getting DATA. DDoS however works here and gets the message across.

Utopia is were everything would be free. Sadly we don't live in Utopia. Want to make money? Everything SHOULD not be free of charge. Megaupload was sharing mostly copyrighted stuff so, down they go.

TruckWEB said,
Utopia is were everything would be free. Sadly we don't live in Utopia. Want to make money? Everything SHOULD not be free of charge. Megaupload was sharing mostly copyrighted stuff so, down they go.

Finally, someone with common sense. People on the internet think they're entitled to everything for free, just because it isn't in person.

Now apply the things people pirate on the internet to the real world... I don't think those people would go into Target, take 10 DVD's off the shelf, and walk out the store.

The government is simply starting to apply laws to the digital age. It makes 100% sense.

If a physical store was distributing cocaine, they would be shut down by the US. If MegaUpload is distributing illegal files, they too should be shut down.

I don't get what's so hard to understand. And don't give me that "Government has too much control already they're gonna take over nooooo!!!" stuff. If you want to live in a land with no laws, go elsewhere. I prefer a country that has laws that protect people and protect property.

Bunch of childish stuff. One day Anonymous will go off the deep end and just start posting people's credit card info. I don't think Neowin users will be too happy when they are hurt from these childish attacks.

dagamer34 said,
Bunch of childish stuff. One day Anonymous will go off the deep end and just start posting people's credit card info. I don't think Neowin users will be too happy when they are hurt from these childish attacks.

I thought they already did that.

dagamer34 said,
Bunch of childish stuff. One day Anonymous will go off the deep end and just start posting people's credit card info. I don't think Neowin users will be too happy when they are hurt from these childish attacks.

You're so stupid. These aren't kids. (well some might be....) If you haven't noticed they aren't just doing stuff to do stuff. They have an agenda: Freedom. HOWEVER, that does not mean that someone might release credit card info claiming to be and/or using the name "Anonymous". I personally highly doubt that the people doing these ddos attacks are going to be/were the same people releasing your credit card info. Anonymous is a concept, an idea, not a person or a group of people.

You guys do realize this isn't a "hack" right... anyone can produce a distributed denial of service attack... it doesn't take any skill.

xendrome said,
You guys do realize this isn't a "hack" right... anyone can produce a distributed denial of service attack... it doesn't take any skill.


Did you work that one out by yourself or did you have a team of nerd monkeys working around the clock ?

xendrome said,
You guys do realize this isn't a "hack" right... anyone can produce a distributed denial of service attack... it doesn't take any skill.

I agree, unfortunately. DDoSes just cut access to the site temporarily. Hacks hurt.

seanseany said,


Did you work that one out by yourself or did you have a team of nerd monkeys working around the clock ?

The point was in response to the article and stuff like "Update 4: We've heard that the FBI website may have been hacked. More soon..."

It's like the difference between thief and pirate... some people don't understand.

xendrome said,
You guys do realize this isn't a "hack" right... anyone can produce a distributed denial of service attack... it doesn't take any skill.

Agreed, I hate the bad reporting... nothing's been hacked so far

andrewbares said,

Agreed, I hate the bad reporting... nothing's been hacked so far

Except the 30,000+ computers used in the DoS... people don't volunteer their computers to openly attack the US government.....

I have to question if theres a better way to do this than some script kiddie stuff for sites that maybe besides the whitehouse.gov get any significant traffic. People already hate the RIAA etc, so what does taking down their site with ddos do. Maybe publish the CC #'s or addresses or personal phone numbers of the ppl in charge. years ago a ddos atack would cripple your site for days, now its just an hour or so. Anonymous goes just far enough to keep them out of trouble.

downhillrider said,
I have to question if theres a better way to do this than some script kiddie stuff for sites that maybe besides the whitehouse.gov get any significant traffic. People already hate the RIAA etc, so what does taking down their site with ddos do. Maybe publish the CC #'s or addresses or personal phone numbers of the ppl in charge. years ago a ddos atack would cripple your site for days, now its just an hour or so. Anonymous goes just far enough to keep them out of trouble.

They might go that far, they did with some of the stuff in the AntiSec campaigns didn't they?

Mmm, popcorn time.
This is what Anonymous should be doing, if they are going to be doing anything. If only there was really a way to stop the MPAA and RIAA.

shakey said,
Mmm, popcorn time.
This is what Anonymous should be doing, if they are going to be doing anything. If only there was really a way to stop the MPAA and RIAA.

There is, overtake the government.

You know, it's not that I approve of this, but the US government is going to get a bitch slap soon in the form of cyber vandalism on more of their sites, and it may involve wiping them out entirely. They need to learn to stop ****ing with the Internet. It's a war they will NEVER win.

Edited by AJerman, Jan 19 2012, 10:00pm :

AJerman said,
You know, it's not that I approve of this, but the US government is going to get a bitch slap soon in the form of cyber vandalism on more of their sites, and it may involve wiping them out entirely. They need to learn to stop ****ing with the Internet. It's a war they will NEVER win.

Exactly, they don't realize that we pretty much have equal power on the Internet as they do. If they think they're more powerful than us and mess with our freedom, I totally support Anonymous for striking back.

Xenomorph said,
I really like Anonymous for some reason.
I think it's knowing that amid the chaos and questionable activity, somewhere in there is a sense of justice.

Xenomorph said,
I really like Anonymous for some reason.
I think it's knowing that amid the chaos and questionable activity, somewhere in there is a sense of justice.

Xenon said,
Wow, took them less than 2 hours to do it.

Yea, it literally takes about 3 seconds to type "!ddos <ip address>" in the IRC control channel then it is just a matter of time while the 10's of thousands of zombie bots ping the IP till it gets so back logged with packets it can keep up and is flooded offline...

the problem is that seems this bill is not for better life, this bill is for companies to stop our freedom, for corporations ... it shame for government not serving people but serving money,... it so sad that there is no democracy ... no more service for us ..

I don't care. Fighting this the best legal way possible even if it does mean assassination of me. Some things are worth dying for. I am willing to be killed if what I say someone disagrees with.

max22 said,
I don't care. Fighting this the best legal way possible even if it does mean assassination of me. Some things are worth dying for. I am willing to be killed if what I say someone disagrees with.

So if someone disagrees with you, you'd be willing to be killed?

I don't even....

xendrome said,

So if someone disagrees with you, you'd be willing to be killed?

I don't even....

No if someone wants to assassinate me there is nothing I can do about it I will not stop saying with what I have to just because of that risk.

max22 said,

No if someone wants to assassinate me there is nothing I can do about it I will not stop saying with what I have to just because of that risk.

max22 kennedy for president!!

max22 said,
I don't care. Fighting this the best legal way possible even if it does mean assassination of me. Some things are worth dying for. I am willing to be killed if what I say someone disagrees with.

The last person that I heard say that ended up in a mental institution. Let's not overdramatize things.

Denis W said,

The last person that I heard say that ended up in a mental institution. Let's not overdramatize things.

Who would that be?

max22 said,

No if someone wants to assassinate me there is nothing I can do about it I will not stop saying with what I have to just because of that risk.

You don't afraid of anything, do you?

cralias said,

For not SHARING my popcorn? It hurts the industry! Go buy your own [copy of] popcorn!

I have the right to illegally download your popcorn down my throat. Where did my right for free-swallow go?

Coolicer said,

I'm streaming the popcorn.

Throw the bowl in the air and make a torrent for the room

FMH said,

I have the right to illegally download your popcorn down my throat. Where did my right for free-swallow go?

You wouldn't download a SODA!?


You wouldn't download a SODA!?[/quote]

that would just be plain silly, imagine the sticky mess your drives would get into.........

[quote=Mando said,]
You wouldn't download a SODA!?[/quote]

that would just be plain silly, imagine the sticky mess your drives would get into.........[/quote] This is all full of win.

This will get interesting now, because they finally are hitting a US Government site.. might be the first time they have done this with a major US Gov site. So it will likely draw a good amount of attention from the FBI and DHS.. Expect arrests shortly...

It's like when your friend is doing something wrong, but it's harmless to most everyone.. then he gets more brazen and you feel like you have to step in and say "hey, it might be time to chill"... well this is likely that time for "Anonymous"

xendrome said,
This will get interesting now, because they finally are hitting a US Government site.. might be the first time they have done this with a major US Gov site. So it will likely draw a good amount of attention from the FBI and DHS.. Expect arrests shortly...

I hope so.

xendrome said,
This will get interesting now, because they finally are hitting a US Government site.. might be the first time they have done this with a major US Gov site. So it will likely draw a good amount of attention from the FBI and DHS.. Expect arrests shortly...

It's like when your friend is doing something wrong, but it's harmless to most everyone.. then he gets more brazen and you feel like you have to step in and say "hey, it might be time to chill"... well this is likely that time for "Anonymous"


they will arrest a few people but it wont do anything. theres 27,000 people involved. many are outside the US.

Gabe3 said,

they will arrest a few people but it wont do anything. theres 27,000 people involved. many are outside the US.

Computers != People

xendrome said,
Expect arrests shortly...

Unfortunately, yes, they should have attacked / hacked a LOT more sites already, now that they're likely to get arrested soon

FMH said,
I approve.

GO ANONYMOUS

PS. Please dont go too far and attack anything that effects the games Heroes of Newerth, and Star wars the old republic

Beyond Godlike said,

PS. Please dont go too far and attack anything that effects the games Heroes of Newerth, and Star wars the old republic

I think having freedom on the internet is currently more important than not having game servers down for a little while.

BetaAddict said,

I can just see Anonymous becoming one of those epic documentary-thriller movies.

Isn't this how the matrix starts? *lol* neo the hacker...