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The Guardian is reporting that the hacktivist Internet thugs known as “Anonymous” launched its “largest attack ever” yesterday, claiming responsibility for a coordinated takedown of websites, including the FBI, Department of Justice and White House along with other organizations supporting anti-piracy legislation.
The attack, dubbed “Operation Payback,” came in response to Thursday’s news that the Justice Department shut down Hong Kong-based, massive file-sharing site Megaupload. The attack also temporarily brought down the websites of the Recording Industry of America, the Motion Picture Association of America and Universal Music, among others, in retaliation for their support of anti-piracy legislation in Congress, known as SOPA and PIPA.
An indictment accompanying the arrest of the CEO and several executives of Megaupload, accused the company, one of the world’s most popular file-sharing sites, of costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue.
It is also reported that Anonymous’ attack included the websites of the U.S. Copyright Office and the site for BMI, or Broadcast Music, Inc., which collects license fees from businesses that use music and distributes them as royalties to songwriters and performers.
Read the details of their activities in the UK’s Guardian here.