MPAA, Recording Industry Websites Attacked by Piracy Advocates
Attackers brought down sites belonging to the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America and anti-piracy firm AiPlex Software.A group of piracy advocates launched coordinated attacks on Websites belonging to the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and anti-piracy firm AiPlex Software. The attacks, which occurred during the past few days, temporarily knocked the sites offline. According to TorrentFreak, the effort has been dubbed "Operation Payback" on the 4chan message board and was carried out in retaliation for actions against file-sharing sites.
The DOS (denial-of-service) attacks began Sept. 17, starting with the MPAA site. According to an analysis by Panda Security, the attack brought the entire site down in eight minutes. The site was back up after nearly 22 hours of downtime. The attackers switched targets to the RIAA around noon PST Sept. 19.