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Anonymous Goes on Megaupload Revenge Spree: DoJ, RIAA, MPAA, Offline

Update: Anonymous says they’ve also knocked off the RIAA’s site—looks down for us at the moment as well.

Update 2: Universal Music Group has also fallen off an e-cliff.

Update 3: Goodbye for now, MPAA.org.

Update 4: Affected sites are bouncing in and out of life, and are at the very least super slow to load. Anon agents are currently trying to coordinate their DDoS attacks in the same direction via IRC.

Update 5: The US Copyright Office joins the list.

Update 6: This Anon sums up the mood in their “official” chat room at the moment:

Danzu: STOP EVERYTHING, who are we DoSing right now?

Update 7: Russian news service RT claims this is the largest coordinated attack in Anonymous’ history—over 5,600 DDoS zealots blasting at once.

Update 8: the Anonymous DDoS planning committee is chittering so quickly, it’s making my laptop fan spin.

Update 9: Major record label EMI is down for the count.

Update 10: La résistance est international—French copyright authority HADOPI bites the dust under Anon pressure.

Update 11: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has fallen and can’t get up.

Update 12: Anonymous has released a statement about today’s attacks.

Kudos, Anonymous. Kinda embarassing to see how fragile these websites are, and inspiring to see how powerful the masses are.

On the downside, it comes across as unfocused, childish rage, so I’m not sure what the point of that is, exactly.

It would sure be nice to see some of these Anonymous ringleaders put their work to developing tools like the BlackoutSOPA team did, to help other people who don’t want to hack/DDOS understand how to deal with the issues they’re struggling with.

Hackers breached U.S. defense contractors

Unknown hackers have broken into the security networks of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and several other U.S. military contractors, a source with direct knowledge of the attacks told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear what kind of data, if any, was stolen by the hackers. But the networks of Lockheed and other military contractors contain sensitive data on future weapons systems as well as military technology currently used in battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Weapons makers are the latest companies to be breached through sophisticated attacks that have pierced the defenses of huge corporations including Sony (SNE.N), Google Inc (GOOG.O) and EMC Corp (EMC.N). Security experts say that it is virtually impossible for any company or government agency to build a security network that hackers will be unable to penetrate..

Well, that’s comforting.

U.S. probes Google’s serious China hacking allegation

Google announced on Wednesday that suspected Chinese hackers tried to steal passwords of hundreds of Google email account holders, including senior U.S. government officials, Chinese activists and journalists.

The claim by the world’s largest Web search company sparked an angry response from Beijing, which said blaming China was “unacceptable”. This pointed to further tensions in Beijing’s already strained relationship with Google and with Washington, which has been warily watching China’s moves in cyberspace.

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Too many people depend on the free Gmail service to handle everything from emails to calendars to contact info, making it quite a high profile target with some very low-hanging fruit.

Makers Of Mac Defender Release New Malware

Apple has promised to take care of the Mac Defender malware that has spread across users’ computers. But the makers of the original have created a new version that’s even more of a threat as it doesn’t require a password to install itself.

Sure, this is annoying – but frightening? Anyone who believed that the most valuable tech company in the world, with an install base in the billions, would be able to produce a computer impervious to the coordinated attacks of the global hacker community, probably had his common sense uninstalled already.

WikiLeaks Archive – China’s Battle With Google

China: “The Web is fundamentally controllable.”

Click-through for the entire, excellent article. This a must-read for anyone concerned about internet privacy, international diplomacy, and what real terrorism looks like.  And why Wikileaks is an absolutely necessary component of today’s media landscape.