As you are probably aware, last week found a number of prominent web sites blocking their own content to protest SOPA, the proposed legislation that would give the government far reaching powers to take down web sites they deem to be hosting illegal content.
These protests were largely effective, SOPA having now been shelved – at least for the time being.
What you may not be aware of is that the government – also last week, closed and issued indictments against several members of a site called megaupload, a site that they felt cost the music and record industries hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue by hosting illegal music and video content.
In retaliation for closing Megaupload, the hacker group Anonymous launched a coordinated attack to close the Department of Justice and FBI web sites along with a number of others – companies such as the RIAA – those who play a major role in lobbying to protect the copyrights of the movie industry, for example. They are calling the attack, “the largest in Internet history”.
I was curious as to learn more about the group, what an Anonymous attack looked like in progress as well as how they performed it. I found a link to a Twitter account associated with the group which had a link to an IRC channel where the attack was supposedly being coordinated from. Some minutes later I was able to watch the attack in progress: