‘Anonymous’ hackers have replied to closure of websites by the US government by claiming to take down Justice Department’s website.
The statement "Megaupload was taken down w/out SOPA being law. Now imagine what will happen if it passes. The Internet as we know it will end. FIGHT BACK" ran on the Justice Department’s website in reference to the battle between Congress and passing of
the SOPA bill.
Group of global hackers who go by the name of Anonymous also claimed responsibility of taking down half a dozen more prominent websites. In addition to the Department of Justice website, Universal Music Group’s website was also taken down by the hacking
group. The websites Universalmusic.com and Justice.gov were down for over six hours.
It has been reported that these steps have been taken as a result of the government bringing down Meguaupload.com. Anonymous also stated that they are responsible for crashing the websites of Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture
Association of America (MPAA), the US Copyright Office and the Utah Chiefs of Police Association.
Only the MPAA website has recovered to its normal status, while others continue to recover to their original status. The logo of Utah Chiefs of Police’s website was altered to show the logo of Megaupload.com.
The Twitter feed of the group yesterday reads:
"Word has it that FBI.gov is next to go down… will report when it is,"
"The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites."
"Megaupload was taken down w/out SOPA being law. Now imagine what will happen if it passes. The Internet as we know it will end. FIGHT BACK.”
If SOPA comes into effect, it will start crackdown on the online sharing of material, especially pirated copies of music, movies among other material.