Anonymous Hackers Retaliate for Megaupload Takedown

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Members of Anonymous are claiming responsibility for the recent shutdown of Web sites belonging to the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, Motion Picture Association of America and others following the takedown of the Megaupload file sharing site.

"Anonymous took credit for taking down the sites, apparently through distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, after the arrests of leaders of Megaupload.com," Infosecurity reports. "'We Anonymous are launching our largest attack ever on government and music industry sites….The FBI didn't think they would get away with this did they? They should have expected us,' Anonymous said in a Twitter post, according to a report by CNN.com."

"The Justice Department and the FBI said they arrested seven individuals and two corporations for running a worldwide online piracy operation that included file sharing site Megaupload.com," the article states. "In the announcement, DoJ said that the operation generated more than $175 million in 'criminal proceeds' and caused a half billion dollars in harm to copyright owners."

Go to "Anonymous launches attack in response to FBI's Megaupload takedown" to read the details.

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