Did the Hacking group Anonymous knock out the websites of the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice?



By msnbc.com staff and news services

Hacking group Anonymous said Thursday it knocked out the websites of the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, and several entertainment industry sites as retribution for anti-piracy efforts by both the government and the entertainment industry. The group said it was "the largest attack ever," with 5,635 participants involved in bringing down the sites.

In addition to the FBI and DOJ, the Recording Industry of America, Motion Picture Association of America, Universal Music and BMI.com websites were also attacked. Said the DOJ in a statement: "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."


An MPAA spokesman said, in an emailed statement to the AP, that despite the attack, the site was working by Thursday evening. "The motion picture and television industry has always been a strong supporter of free speech," the spokesman said. "We strongly condemn any attempts to silence any groups or individuals."

The RIAA confirmed its site had been attacked, but said it was operating normally by evening.

The FBI's site, as of 9 p.m. ET Thursday, was back up. About 45 minutes earlier, however, it could not be accessed and resulted in an error message:

"Get some popcorn," Anonymous said on Twitter. "It's going to be a long lulzy night," indicating more was to come. "Lulz" is Internet slang for "laughs," and the hacking group LulzSec, or Lulz Security, is allied with Anonymous.

Anonymous' actions, its biggest in a single swoop, comes a day after an Internet protest against two proposed anti-piracy bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and the Protect IP Act, before Congress, and on the same day as a federal indictment of employees of a major Internet content-hosting site, Megaupload.com.

4 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yep, amazing was several thousand pissed off hackers can do huh?

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Mistake? No. whether if, the federal government is by some distance too super to do something suitable or to be in cost to the persons. as nicely, there has in effortless words been one lawyer commonly used ever that has made headway at controlling the FBI and he replace into assassinated. The long historic previous of coruption, regulation breaking, and taking section in politics is the main appropriate reason that I oppose the USA Tyrrany Act. it is naive at optimum appropriate to have confidence rougue government companies won't abuse the flexibility. yet another ingredient. you're perplexing the quote by the Clinton administration representative that "the type is a scrap of paper that must be finished away with" with President Bush.

  • Yes they did because the government is censoring the internet and the fbi took down megaupload.com

    soon the government will censor our words. Stop the new world order

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Damn right they did.


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