Ministry of Sound floored by Anonymous
More payback for file-sharer harassment
Ongoing denial of service attacks spearheaded by Anonymous have knocked out the website of the Ministry of Sound, as well those of its payment provider and solicitors, Gallant Macmillian.
Macmillan is attempting to identify and sue individuals who allegedly uploaded music from the Ministry of Sound's music catalogue. Slyckr reports that the attacks against the MoS and Associated website started on Sunday evening (UK time).
The sites remain unavailable at the time of writing on Monday morning.
Its legal action marked the Ministry of Sound as a candidate for attacks launched by the loosely affiliated Anonymous collective against the entertainment business and, in particular, organisations that harass alleged file-sharers. Operation Payback: is a bitch, which began two weeks ago, has already floored the websites of the MPAA, RIAA and ACS:Law.
A scorecard on these various attacks, detailing site downtimes, along with an interview with a member of Anonymous, can be found in a blog post by Panda Security here.
Hamfisted attempts to restore ACS:Law's website following the attack resulted in the publication of its email archives, allowing activists and journalists to pick through its business plans and tactics. ACS:Law's Andrew Crossley's dismissive remarks about the original assault in an interview with El Reg prompted the denizens of 4Chan to redouble their attack on the site, triggering a series of events that exposed the hugely embarrassing private email archive to world+dog. ®
hmmm MOS have some of their CD's
Won't be getting any more.
Payback is a bitch. And my pay is staying in my pocket from now on
MOS is $hite now anyway
I think you are missing the point......
all these news stories 'we' the collective CommentardS rave about never make it into the mainstream news.
The DEB bill was passed in wash up and hardly raised a blip on the national news.
ACS: LAW data leak hasn't been on the national news that I have seen and I have been watching for it.
Threatening to take 10,000's interTubers users to court with little of no evidence isn't on the news just some low level consumer programme.
The removal of innocent until proven guilty in Internet copyright issues
So clearly the mainstream news where Government Policy can be influenced is turning a blind eye to everything happening on the Hintertubes. So what other option is there? Allow the development of the web to be directed by people whose only motivation is to make money without actually creating anything or contributing anything to the technology.
I think not. The internet was build using open/free technology and was nurtured using a collective non profit ethos. This is just a reminder. Intel and others do not drive the internet. It is driven by people young and old that are just out for a laugh.
I haven't taken part in any of this mischief but I do think some of these companies have brought it on themselves.
These solicitors/lawyers are slow learners
These solicitors/lawyers really are deserving of the indignities they suffer for if their intelligence matched the usurious fees they gather for using legal assistants to harass InterNet users based upon the flimsiest of 'evidence' they would use better judgement.
It is really amusing to see how these self-praising societal leaches react to receiving modern retribution from friends of these lawyers victims.
P.S. I am sill waiting for my 'letter'.