A cyber attack, dubbed ‘Operation Payback’ has begun to gather momentum, as hackers join forces to protest against the closure of one of the most popular music sharing websites.
So far Operation Payback has carried out a three day attack on the Recording Industry Association of America website in retaliation for the RIAA’s support for the closure of file sharing site, LimeWire.
The hackers led by a person only known as ‘Anonymous’ has tried to rally support through the Operation Payback website.
Anonymous stated; “Enemies of freedom, hear me. The immortal rank of the Internet is with us and we are invincible. Our soldiers will strike you down.”
The RIAA is just one of many websites to be attacked by the group which has said that the attacks will continue until “we stop being angry”. Other targets include UK law firm ACS Law, which was targeted for its attempts to blackmail people who violate copyright law. The group has also attacked its first governmental website with an assault on the US copyright office.
The group carries out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which is a means of flooding a target website with data from a potentially vast number of computers. A hacker will take advantage of other computers’ weaknesses and force them to help send data to the website; unable to handle all the incoming information the target site will shut down for what can be a few hours or a couple of days at a time.
These attacks are set to continue after 3 out of the 4 founders of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay were forced to pay $4.2 million in damages by a Swedish court on Friday.
Anonymous has said; “We will continue our fight against these outdated laws. We will continue to attack websites of those who are a danger to freedom on the internet. We will continue to attack those who embrace censorship. This injustice must be corrected.”