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RIAA and MPAA Targeted in Cyber Protests Over the Weekend…


Digital Music News:
The RIAA site (riaa.com) was downed by a major denial-of-service attack over the weekend, though the site recovered early Monday. The group simply known as “Anonymous” claimed responsibility, and also yanked down sites for the MPAA (both mpaa.com and mpaa.org) and AiPlex Software starting Friday evening. The raid was dubbed “Operation Payback,” and follows attacks by MPAA gun AiPlex against the Pirate Bay and other BitTorrent trackers…

Wired UK:
Infamous internet imageboard 4chan has taken down the RIAA and MPAA‘s websites in a co-ordinated DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) campaign, supposedly in retribution for similar attacks against filesharing websites.

Hundreds of thousands of 4chan users and sympathisers from other online communities joined forces to direct massive amounts of traffic to the target sites using a bit of software called the Low-Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC). LOIC offers a simple way of flooding a server with data, and when used by hundreds of users at the same time, it’s almost impossible to guard against, as the attacks are massively distributed…

Panda Security’s blog declared the action “the future of cyber protests”, and filesharing blog Torrentfreak agreed, saying: “No lawyer, no injunction and no police force can stop these kind of attacks from happening and those carrying them out love the sense of power, the sense of payback they provide.”

Reuters:
“The MPAA is aware of the illegal attack and has taken measures to mitigate the effect of any denial-of-service attack,” said an MPAA spokesman, noting the organization was able to get its site back online…