In what many are feeling is a slap in the face after the blackout of websites helped diminish support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the Motion Picture Assosciation of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) took down MegaUpload. Now the internet is hitting back.
Anonymous has used its usual DDOSing powers to take down the websites of the MPAA, RIAA, Universal music, FBI, US Justice Department, US Copyright office, Hadopi.fr and more. Some of them are still down, but a few are back up. Lulzpirates discussed the attack on Twitter, stating: “Yesterday = voluntary blackout from SOPA opponents. Today = Involuntary blackout of SOPA supporters. ^__^
Anonymous used the low orbit ion cannon for this attack, sharing a link on Twitter and Anonymous chat rooms that when clicked would begin DDOSing the targeted websites.
This isn’t the end of it either. The Reddit discussion on the subject has led to some very interesting ideas. One of the most popular is to sue the UMG, FBI, MPAA and others for taking down Megaupload, a site that many people had legitemate content stored on. Now those people have lost that as the site is completely inaccessible – the very type of thing that anti-SOPA protestors are hoping to avoid.
Taking these organisations to small claims court would mean they couldn’t use legal counsel and if no member shows up, they would receive paperwork – potentially causing quite a pain if plenty of people take up the mantle.