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Hacktivists briefly took out the two main Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) websites on Friday afternoon as revenge for the organisation's long-running legal offensive against Limewire, which led to the closure of the controversial P2P service earlier in the week.

Denizens from the loosely-affiliated Anonymous collective used its Low-Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) tool to swamp the websites of RIAA.org and RIAA.com with spurious traffic. The assault began an hour later than originally planned at around 5pm EST on Friday, instead of at 4pm as the organisers originally planned, Slyck.com reports.

The assault was originally co-ordinated from the Operation Payback site (http://tieve.tk), which helped co-ordinate an ongoing series of denial of service attacks against entertainment industry websites that began last month. The campaign is designed to support The Pirate Bay and came in response to the Bollywood film industry's use of hired guns prepared to launch denial of service attacks against file-sharing sites in cases where legal action failed to bear fruit.

However, after tieve.tk itself came under attack, the attackers moved shop to anonops.net. Service to tieve.tk had largely been restored at the time of writing. The riaa.com and riaa.org sites remain unavailable from Europe, possibly as a deliberate defensive measure aimed at containing the latest in a long line of hack attacks against the Recording Industry Association of America. ®

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