ANONYMOUS hacktivists launched their 'largest attack ever' on Thursday in response to the US government's growing war on internet freedom.
Before controversial 'anti-copyright' legislation has even been passed in the form of the SOPA and PIPA acts, the American 'world police' moved against one popular non-US sharing site, with arrests made on their behalf in New Zealand.
Said an Anonymous statement on YouTube (see video above): "A new era has come. Anonymous is no longer playing nice, and we do not intend to ever play nice.
"We have seen you corrupt our people, corrupt our country and we will not sit and watch while you allow bills such as SOPA and PIPA to be passed.
"Our power is too strong and soon they will have to listen to the people. This is a time of action. We as a nation must come together and fight the tyrants!
"Do not sit and watch! Do not sit and cheer! Use your powers!"
Although the Megaupload website is based in Hong Kong, some of the alleged pirated content was hosted on leased servers in Ashburn, Va., USA, which gave federal authorities jurisdiction, the indictment said.
Said Technolog : "The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, 37, and three other employees were arrested Thursday in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials. Three other defendants are at large."
Reported the AnonOps Communications site: "Within minutes of the site being shut down, and DOJ releasing its statement, Anonymous sprang into action and started taking down a ton of sites -- including websites for the DOJ, the US Copyright Office, Universal Music, the RIAA, the MPAA and a bunch of other sites."
It said this was Anonymous's "largest attack ever, crippling government and music industry sites" and the following sites had been targeted:
Department of Justice (Justice.gov)
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA.org)
Universal Music (UniversalMusic.com)
Belgian Anti-Piracy Federation (Anti-piracy.be/nl/)
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA.org)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI.gov)
HADOPI law site (HADOPI.fr)
U.S. Copyright Office (Copyright.gov)
Universal Music France (UniversalMusic.fr)
Senator Christopher Dodd (ChrisDodd.com)
Vivendi France (Vivendi.fr)
The White House (Whitehouse.gov)
Warner Music Group (WMG.com)
It added: "Many members of Congress have just changed their stance on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, the raid on Megaupload Thursday proved that the feds don’t need SOPA or its sister legislation, PIPA, in order to pose a blow to the Web."
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