If you have missed the season One of Project Octopus, you have probably missed a very exciting polar that involves politics, big companies, and internet users. I guess this will turn out to be one of those movies where a conspiracy to control the World is on the way. While I started writing this movie scenario, reality far outpaces my imagination (having watched “24 hours” with Kiefer Sutherland, I think I’ve got some “small knowledge” of how those spy and conspiracy scenarios can be). Learn about the World Web War.
The communication war
So let’s go back to the initial 2 minutes of rewind of my movie, you know, that first two or three minutes in those series where they just reminds you of the highlights of the last episode. The communication war has begun.
Anti-SOPA fervents have deployed a lot of tools (avatars, browser plugins alerting on sites that support SOPA, petitions, …). They even planned a blackout day that went on January 18th 2012. While I didn’t take the time to make an exhaustive list of sites who observed that blackout day, I could find that Wikipedia actually showed a black page and couldn’t be browsed, on Flickr (part of the yahoo network), each of my photos came with a note about SOPA, … I guess the day was too short to find out who else observed it.
As it is common with good movies, there are always intense and very active periods. This was also the case with the SOPA act. In fact, just before the January 18th, the Obama administration made a statement on SOPA. Then, a communication went out that the SOPA won’t be presented as-it-is now to the Senate. So people thought it’d be over. Anyway, the January 18th blackout still went on. Right after that, I’ve read that the SOPA discussion will resume on February.
The World Web War has already started
I titled this article: the World Web War since that’s what is actually happening now. So where’s the fight and gunshots? In fact it’s everywhere. It first was materialized by communication war on tweeter, via press releases and by using every partisans communication outlet.
But the first actual attack happened when the FBI shutdown megaupload.com on January 19th 2012: one of the major sites for downloading files. According to the official FBI press release, Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement . Interestingly (although I’m no good at legal things), the guys behind megaupload aren’t US residents. The same press release acknowledges it by saying “The indictment alleges that the criminal enterprise is led by Kim Dotcom, aka Kim Schmitz, and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, 37, a resident of both Hong Kong and New Zealand.”
Right after that “attack”, the ripost came by internet-driven ripost that you could follow on twitter with the hashtag #OpMegaupload where the Anonymous group claimed they are behind a major internet attack targeting major US online properties including the US Justice Department, the Motion Picture Association of America.
What’s interesting is that the attack has been led by using thousands of computers via the LOIC software. As we are a blog about online anonymity, this is where things become more interesting: so as to spread this attack, the guys have surely used other people’s computers (probably your computer if it isn’t secure enough). As CNN reports it, the Anonymous guys, who are behind this major attack reported: “We’ve given average ppl the power to help in #Opmegaupload using LOIC software & home internet connection”.
Now, the question is: how do you make sure you weren’t one of the people who unconsciously contributed to this attack?
What do the future reveal?
You tell us. As I told you, while I’m wasting my time trying to figure out what to write for my scenario, things are moving faster in the real world: reality outpaces fiction here.