Megaupload imploded by fedsCopyright infringement! Conspiracy to commit money laundering! Racketeering! This sounds like a Hollywood gangster movie, but it is reality.
Megaupload, a file-sharing site, was just shut down by U.S. federal agents because it believes the site “rewards people who uploaded pirated content and turned a blind eye to copyright claims”. (http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2012/01/megaupload-file-sharing-site-shut-down-by-fbi-swizz-beatz-invest/#ixzz1k118kc7v)
Customers use megaupload to upload open source files. Other similar sites are Poser and Daz. People pay for meagaupload’s cloud storage capabilities of and store their content. When needed, the content could be accessed.
That’s when the hacking began. Reports indicate that Anonymous retaliated after Megaupload was taken down by launching denial of service attacks on the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA), (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57362764-501465/megaupload-anonymous-hacker-retaliation-nobody-wins/)
The activists are against the two proposed antipiracy bills being supported the music and movie industries called Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Those in opposition believe such laws would give authorities the power to shut down websites even under the suspicion they were storing pirated content.
Senate and House leaders announced Friday they are postponing work on two controversial anti-piracy bills in the wake of large online protests that spurred several congressmen to rethink the legislation. (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57362675-503544/pipa-sopa-put-on-hold-in-the-wake-of-protests/)
A vote was planned for January 24.
Earlier in the week, many websites including Wikipedia and Reddit “blacked out hiding their normal content and posting messages protesting the antipiracy bills. Google, Mozzilla and many more also had on site protests, but to a much lesser degree than Wikipedia. The protests inspired voters to deluge their congressmen with phone calls and emails in
protest of the bills as well, and more congressmen either came out in opposition to the bills or said Congress should take more time to reconsider them. It seemed unlikely PIPA would find the 60 votes necessary to pass Tuesday’s test vote in the Senate. (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57362675-503544/pipa-sopa-put-on-hold-in-the-wake-of-protests/)
I’m a government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the Vice-President of Cyber at SIRCO, an investigations and protections firm in Montréal, Canada.
I’m also a frequent contributor to National & Global media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.