“Operation Payback”, an initiative that seeks to take down the sites of those chasing online piracy has moved Down Under.
The attacks, are usually coordinated DDoS’, have been going for a good few weeks now with the backlash against the MPAA and RIAA websites generating the most headlines.
And now the attacks have moved over to the land of Neighbours. Home and Away, Kylie Minogue and moral panic – hitting the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT ).
According to TorrentFreak, although it took a little while for the site to go down, the attack eventually got there.
According to an announcement by AFACT’s host, Netregistry, “A DDoS attack began to take place at approximately 8:30AM AEST, with a group of hackers attacking the firewall by flooding it with connections attempting to take down all servers.”
Nearly 8,000 other websites were also taken down in the attack. These included small Australian businesses and Government websites.
It is thought the payback attacks are being generated by 4chan. It allegedly did some damage in the UK too. Last week ACS:Law, the notorious law firm that seeks to turn alleged infringements of copyright into a cash cow was attacked. ACS:Law then bungled an attempt to bring its site back online and published its own email database to the public.
According to Softpedia the anonymous DDoS Tool just got itself some Botnet capabilities.
A revamped version of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) tool used in mass Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, will allows users to let it function as a botnet client.
LOIC is the primary weapon used by Anonymous in its ongoing “Operation Payback” DDoS campaign against film and recording industry associations, as well as other organisations involved in anti-piracy efforts.
The application was originally created by a user named Praetox and was used in several mass attacks over the years, including Anonymous’ campaigns against the Church of Scientology.
The Motion Picture Association of America website was temporarily shut down by pirates over the weekend.
A member of 4chan, who was allegedly was behind the attacks, launched the DDoS because of escalation over anti-piracy efforts by the lobbying arm of the major Hollywood studios – which hired AiPlex to target sites where piracy was rampant.
According to Torrentfreak, members of the 4chan message boards allegedly coordinated the massive DDoS attack, which took down both the MPAA and anti-BitTorrent AiPlex Software websites.
It is thought they were angered after AiPlex admitted to DDoSing The Pirate Bay and said it was taking more measures to take down sites dealing with pirate material.
At the time of the MPAA site going down , protesters posted: “How fast you are in such a short time! Aiplex, the bastard hired gun that DDoS’d TPB (The Pirate Bay), is already down! Rejoice, /b/rothers, even if it was at the hands of a single anon that it was done, even if ahead of schedule. now we have our lasers primed, but what do we target now?
“We target the bastard group that has thus far led this charge against our websites, like The Pirate Bay. We target MPAA.ORG! The IP is designated at “22.214.171.124″, and our firing time remains THE SAME. All details are just as before, but we have reaimed our crosshairs on this much larger target. We have the manpower, we have the botnets, it’s time we do to them what they keep doing to us.
“REPEAT: AIPLEX IS ALREADY DOWN THANKS TO A SINGLE ANON. WE ARE MIGRATING TARGETS.”
The MPAA was able to get its site back online after moving migrating to a new IP-address.
US right wing groups are turning to hacking web sites that disagree with them.
Websites which are critical of the Tea Parties, Sarah Palin, the right wing overreaction to health care reform have begun experiencing DDoS attacks.
Sites like Politicususa have been bought down and four other lefty sites which ran stories on Sarah Palin were also attacked.
It follows window smashing campaigns and attacks on liberal supporters and ironically Democratic Party offices.
The US has seen a dramatic rise in “Patriot” groups over the last year. Some of them believe it is the god given right to bare arms which apparently means cutting them off a black person.
One of the more alarming trends has been the rise in the number of Militias from 42 to 127 since 2008.
But the use of the Internet to shut down the Liberal voice seems to be a little more popular than the usual lynchings and shoots. That is the sort of action that “middle America” which is supposed be behind the Teatime groups is likely to support.
Progressive liberal blog PoliticusUSA.com, has been under a major DDoS assault for the past ten days in retaliation for several stories about the Tea Party movement, right wing violence, and Sarah Palin.
PoliticusUSA owner/administrator Jason Easley wrote that the politically motivated attacks are just a temporary delay.
“These malicious attacks will not deter us from providing the best quality coverage of both progressive politics and the extremist behavior of the right wing, the Tea Party movement, Sarah Palin and the GOP. Our first amendment rights will not be deterred by illegal attempts to intimidate us or silence our criticisms. ”