Techies have waged cyber war on those agencies that have arrested their counterparts in the latest federal SOPA/ PIPA crackdown. The “Hacktivist” collective known as “Anonymous”, took full credit for dismanteling many federal and entertainment sites Thursday after the arrests of leaders of Megaupload.com and shut down the popular hub for illegal media downloads.
According to sources, SwizzBeatz was among those whose site was hacked.
According to the indictment, Megaupload, which launched in 2005, was once the 13th-most visited website on the Internet, serving as a hub for distribution of copyrighted television shows, images, computer software and video games.
The news comes as lawmakers have turned their attention to anti-piracy legislation. Protests erupted both online and offline this week against two bills under consideration in Congress: the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA).
The bills are aimed at cracking down on copyright infringement by restricting access to sites that host or facilitate the trading of pirated content. But the legislation has created a divide between tech giants, who say the language is too broad, and large media companies, who say they are losing millions each year to rampant online piracy. (Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, is among the industry supporters of the legislation.)
These bamas go hard!!! Is this the NEW type of protest?