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Anonymous Strikes Back for Megaupload Bust

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Posted on Jan 19, 2012
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The notorious incognito hacker bandits known collectively as Anonymous have struck again, this time in retaliation for the bust-up of the highly trafficked file-sharing site Megaupload by federal operatives Thursday, by shutting down the DOJ’s and the White House’s online hubs along with a few key entertainment industry sites.

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Hacktivists with the collective Anonymous are waging an attack on the website for the White House after successfully breaking the sites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America.

In response to today’s federal raid on the file sharing service Megaupload, hackers with the online collective Anonymous have broken the websites for the Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America.

“It was in retaliation for Megaupload, as was the concurrent attack on Justice.org,” Anonymous operative Barrett Brown tells RT on Thursday afternoon.

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By gerard, January 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

I could be wrong, but I think one thing that needs to happen is that the fear of government officials (and others) toward the open internet needs to be changed as soon as possible.  Actually the open access internet is a tremendous help to democratic governments—if, that is, they realize that it provides them with the ability to self-correct errors before too much damage is done.
  When actions can be kept secret from citizens, those citizens stand to be damaged by ignorance. When mistakes in policies and behavior on the part of officials and agencies are allowed to be covered up, the harm accrues and damages national credibility and reputation.
  In democracies, citizens need accurate information to be widely available so that they know how to govern themselves and are qualified to participate fully.  Only openness can achieve this end.
  I hope that some sophisticated net people can gain the access necessary to get this aspect of ability to self-correct before government officials as soon as possible so instead of fear of losing control officials can use the net not only to inform their citizens but also to correct their own mistakes.
  Punishing “whistle-blowers” is a grievous mistake and totally futile, as truth and open dealings are the life-blood of democracies.

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By prisnersdilema, January 20, 2012 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

Well someone has to enforce the rule of law, since the government won’t do it…to busy
being the enforcers for the corpotocracy…

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By Egomet Bonmot, January 20, 2012 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

Here’s a tip for viewers of Anonymous’s YouTube vids:  If you see one introduced with that flashy nightly-news graphic over the swelling Carmina Burana chorus, it’s a psy op.  Government is heavy into disinformation on this group.

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By Marian Griffith, January 20, 2012 at 7:30 am Link to this comment
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This busting of Megaupload is another piece of evidence why the sopa and pipa acts are such bad ideas.
Had those been in place the music and movie industries would not even have to have bothered to get the FBI involved and such pesky things as providing evidence would have been unnecessary. Just a five days notice, followed by a mandatory shut down of any site that draws their ire.

Then again, the FBI is happy to oblige their corporate handlers so the difference is not all that great.
I guess the only thing that can be done is all the millions of people who used Megaupload to share their holiday pictures and game levels and all the countless other things that are perfectly legal to share, sue the music and movie corporations for the loss of their property, and demand punitive damages for the defamation they have suffered.
After all, by taking down the entire site and rendering inaccessible all the work and property of millions of people on the accusation of piracy they have in effect called every user of Megaupload ever of being a software or music or movie pirate. It would be reasonable if they were to be required to back up that claim in front of judge and jury. And if they are required to do that a couple of hundredthousand times it might make the cost of these heavy handed tactics too high.

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By thecrow, January 20, 2012 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?

Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/ghosts-in-the-machine/

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