CBS is offline and its servers are wiped

Hackactivist outfit Anonymous has had a busy weekend and appears  to have done a little more than its trademark denial-of-service attack against CBS.

According to Gizmodo, Anonymous not only managed to take down the CBS.com website yesterday but it managed to wipe every file it found in its servers.

All that was left by Anonymous was an index page with a single file to prove that Anonymous gained access to CBS.com and deleted everything.

The CBS hack was part of a campaign of denial-of-service attacks which started on Thursday. So far Anonymous has hit the websites of the Department of Justice, Universal Music, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Motion Picture Association of America.

CBS had backups, of course, and the site was soon up but it does seem odd that hackers seemed to find a way into such a high profile site.

Other targets on Sunday included Universal Music, the French media company Vivendi, and a number of Brazilian sites.

Sites in the EU were also being targetted by Anonymous over their support for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The treaty is seen as similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act, which provoked a dramatic protest blackout last week.

Targeted were the websites of Poland’s parliament and prime minister, the Anonymous Facebook page on Sunday also featured defacements of sites in Romania.