The hacker group known as Anonymous is apparently upset with the treatment of Megaupload and its executives as they have claimed they brought down numerous websites that supported the federal indictment against Megaupload and its top employees. Numerous reports states that the sites affected included those of the Department of Justice (DOJ), FBI, Universal Music, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), the Broadcast Music, Inc., and the US Copyright Office among others.
The DOJ was one of the first to acknowledge the issues with their site today:
“The Department of Justice web server hosting justice.gov is currently experiencing a significant increase in activity, resulting in a degradation in service. The department is working to ensure the website is available while we investigate the origins of this activity, which is being treated as a malicious act until we can fully identify the root cause of the disruption.”
Justice.gov and universalmusic.com both went offline around 4:30pm est. The RIAA and MPAA have both since confirmed attacks to their website that were fixed before the end of the day. Most sites have been able to get back up successfully as of today. We still are seeing issues with the Universal Music website. One thing is for sure, IT departments will be stepping up their security and watching out for similar attacks. Anonymous has confirmed that by tweeting the following statement on Twitter:
“Censors & copyright terrorists beware!”
Check out the pictures below for a few screenshot related to these events.