Anonymous Hackers Target Virgin Media
The company's Web site was taken down by a DDoS attack after it agreed to block access to The Pirate Bay.
A DDoS attack by members of Anonymous recently took down the Web site for Virgin Media.
"Virgin Media recently agreed to block The Pirate Bay after Britain’s High Court ordered ISPs in the U.K. to shut off access to the Sweden-based file-sharing site," writes TIME.com's Matt Peckham. "Other ISPs in the country who’ve agreed to do so include Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky and TalkTalk. BT, a sixth, asked for extra time to determine whether it would comply with the order or not."
"A statement by Virgin Media said that the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack lasted one hour, beginning at 5pm BST," BBC News reports. "It added that it was only blocking TPB because it had been forced to do so. 'As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders but we strongly believe that tackling the issue of copyright infringement needs compelling legal alternatives, giving consumers access to great content at the right price, to help change consumer behaviour,' it said."
"On its Facebook page, The Pirate Bay has released a statement condemning the Virgin Media hack," writes PCworld's Anh Nguyen. "'Seems like some random Anonymous groups have run a DDoS campaign against Virgin Media and some other sites,' it said. 'We do NOT encourage these actions. We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us. So don't fight them using ugly methods. DDoS and blocks are both forms of censorship.'"
"It's understood that rival ISP TalkTalk, which already offers web-filtering to its punters and was ordered by a High Court judge last week to shut off access to The Pirate Bay website, has also been targeted by hackers," writes The Register's Kelly Fiveash.