Megaupload collateral damages, now hits France. On the other hand, Sony’s music and movie catalog was made available for free on the internet last Sunday. Learn about Sony Music catalog free.
The #OpMegaupload campaign
We all have heard it : the popular file-sharing platform megaupload.com has been brought down, a riposte from a group called The Anonymous meant to attack major French websites as a follow-up to their #OpMegaupload campaign.
In fact, while I coined (well I think so) the word “World Web War” as I imagined the scenario of the next Hollywood movie that will deal with SOPA, it is now certain that reality goes far beyond my imagination.
Now the collateral damages (or is it more than that) has also landed in France (while SOPA and PIPA actually happens in the USA). The anonymous group has claimed an attack that led to the issues with the Vivendi online resources. As if it weren’t enough, they also claimed to be the guys between the downtime of the French ministry of Justice website.
In fact, that website has been brought down via a DDoS attack (DDoD stands for Distributed Denial of Service). Simply said, the hackers are sending a lot of requests to the web server to flood it so that it can’t handle the charge anymore, thereby making it unavailable to the internet users.
Ironically, while SOPA and PIPA, as well as the closing of Megaupload, was meant to end (or at least limit) the free sharing of copyrighted materials over the internet, the Anonymous hackers made a point of making Sony’s music and movie catalog available for free last Sunday. I guess Sony would have to work hard gaining again the trust of the artists that they are distributing.
The Vivendi case
On the Vivendi side, which website is still down, Anonymous guys could even show on the homepage of Vivendi.fr the slogan and message of Anonymous instead of the actual content.
In fact, the examples and illustration of Anonymous attack are legion. Interestingly, while PIPA and SOPA would allow the US attorney to shutdown any website (even if they aren’t in the US), the Anonymous has demonstrated that they could harm any website that publicly supports those bills. The Vivendi case (replacing the homepage), as well as the Sony’s case (making the whole catalog available for free) are strong messages showing that there’s no such thing as secure thing on the internet as of today.
Limiting damages …
I guess security experts’ hourly prices have decoupled since last week. But I’m just wondering how they can limit the damages, especially knowing that the attacks either use DDoS or even some specific software that leverages any internet user’s computer via the LOIC software.
As a regular internet user, do you still think you’re not concerned about how things quickly evolve now? What do you think about the Sony Music catalog free?
I’m hesitating to ask you to comment here as you may be afraid to be tracked since it is now obvious that both sides of the “game” can do any damage to whatever you do. But anyway, for those that are most courageous, feel free to voice your feelings in the comment section.