Hackers Launch DDoS Attacks After Feds Pull Megaupload

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Influential hacking group Anonymous didn’t take too kindly to the U.S. Feds pulling the plug on file sharing site Megaupload.

According to a CNN report, Anonymous launched distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) that temporarily disabled access to U.S. government sites including the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department along with music industry sites such as Universal Music.

Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz was arrested in New Zealand on Thursday with U.S. authorities accusing his company of netting illegal profits by allowing the distribution of pirated content. The U.S. Justice Department says that MegaUpload’s activity gained the file sharing site $175 million dollars in illegal profits.

In addition to that, the Department also stated MegaUpload cost copyright owners half a billion dollars.

Six other individuals have been charged along with Schmitz, also known as “Dotcom.”

While the U.S. government sites have returned online, attempting to access Universal Music reads, “The Site is under maintenance. Please expect it to be back shortly.” Also affected is the site of music licensing company BMI.

In recent years, Anonymous have proven to be one of the most effective hacking groups in the world, targeting sites that support what the group perceives as injustice.

Megaupload plans to defend itself against the charges with attorney Ira Rothken telling CNET “We don’t think Megaupload did anything wrong as it regards to copyright issues.”

Rothken also told CNET that the case was not unlike a large one in the distant past. “Many of the allegations made are similar to those in the copyright case filed against YouTube and that was a civil case….and YouTube won,” Rothken said.

U.S. authorities are currently attempting to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz to face the charges in the Eastern District Court of Virginia.