Target: US Government and Copyright Organizations
January 20, 2012 7:29am CST
Hackers retaliated over megaupload shutdown. The US government and copyright organizations were bombarded with internet traffic. I think the shutting down of megaupload was related to "blackout" protest against Pipa and Sopa(proposed anti-piracy laws). There are currently spreading links on twitter and other sites which carried out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16646023
20 Jan 12
The shutdown of Megaupload by the FBI needed an international cooperation in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and an operation like this is impossible in 24 hours. It was probably prepared since months. People doing these stupid DDoS attacks are working actively to have PIPA/SOPA voted, and are ruining the effect done by the blackout protest -- I saw the blackout negatively, but I have to admit it was useful to force people to read the information about the PIPA/SOPA laws --.
20 Jan 12
Let's be realistic : you are from Philippines, I am from France, so I don't see how 2 US laws would affect us. SOPA and PIPA are fighting against piracy, and the internet will not disappear because of laws protecting intellectual property. I have read several apocalyptic views about these laws : we have their equivalent in France -- maybe a little less strong -- and I am still surfing internet : I just avoid to download copyrighted material.
20 Jan 12
True that anyone at his own will can avoid downloading copyrighted materials on the internet but these 2 bills were meant entirely to fight against piracy meaning they'll only trace for abusive people who are uploading copyrighted materials on the net and at the same time if this bills goes into effect the US government will have absolute power over the internet and will be capable of closing any website who is found guilty of copyright infringement. To make everything short wiki,youtube and thousands of sites will be closed due to copyright infringement and the internet will be ruled by US alone. This would mean online martial law. Would you like that to happen?
20 Jan 12
Megaupload was supossed to shut down 2 weeks ago even before the blackout. I really doubt they are going to let this bill pass, there would be a huge revolution. I guess it would be a revolution between hackers if this ever happened. After seeing everything they could do if it passes it basicly is tryin to take away various rights we have and trying to censor everything online. These bills have existed before and didnt even pass, the ones that have been presented last year are rewritten. If it didnt pass years ago when the internet was less developed how to people expect it to pass by now, especially with all the petitions going around and when their major suporrters are backing out due to the blackout on Wednesday?
• Davao, Philippines
22 Jan 12
Shutting down these kinds of sites is one of the biggest mistakes a government can do. The net is not a government's property or any man's. It's supposed to be free and wild. And another thing, I believe Megaupload have been diligent in copyright infringement in their sites too. Though there may be others that can still pass that obstacle, the point that Megaupload did something to answer to those reports that raises concerns on copyright infringement should be credited. By taking their things and assets, I think the government and those MPAA guys are too much already.