Anonymous, the rogue group responsible for some of the most, if not expansive, blunt online activist movement of all time is well underway in proving to major corporations and government agencies around the world that they are here to stay – in more ways than one.
Techland, a Time magazine division, is reporting this evening that Anonymous has successfully shut down the Department of Justice website, (justice.gov – Ooops!), and fellow NERD site, Gizmodo, was one of the first to spot Anonymous’ earlier expressive tweets of victory.
TANGO DOWN! http://www.JUSTICE.gov – U.S. Government Website DOWN! – AnonDaily – Twitter
The Anonymous group was not done. They have managed to mingle themselves in the Universal Music Groups website, the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the U.S. Copyright Office, music publishing and licencing group, BMI, and French copyright enforcement agency HADOPI.
Most of these websites are back on their feet, but it would appear the two hardest hit were the DOJ site and the Universal Music Group. It would appear that a Russian news service, according to Gizmodo, is claiming that this is the most expansive series of DDoS attacks ever seen in history. Gizmodo has also reported the most recent word from an Anonymous entity:
Danzu: STOP EVERYTHING, who are we DoSing right now?
We don’t condone the use of hacking of any kind, but call it what you may, hackers, activist, hacktivist, online terrorism, in any case, this truly is a perplexed unprecedented event of our time. One of which I believe will be in history books to come.
What’s next? Blackout SOPA & IPA? Erase any trace of it ever known on any computer/server worldwide? You never know!