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Nobody Expects the Spanish DDoS!

Our chief weapon is suprise-- suprise and fear! No, wait...

In the continuing war between greedy capitalist copyright organizations and the common user of the internet, Anonymous struck Spain today, targeting the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), the Ministry of Culture (MCU) and Productores de Música de España (Promusicae). SGAE was taken down before the raids were scheduled to begin, Promusicae is currently loading incredibly slowly and MCU is wholly offline.

Anonymous has issued the following statement:

“Paying the government for digital media is ridiculous. The artist who makes music wants to be paid. Music labels want their fair share for producing, watchdogs want their share and thanks to the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the government assumes an additional profit. The result is an extraordinary high price for music, or a minimal fee for the artist (the one that should be rewarded instead!). The SGAE has as slogan “Believe in culture”, while they restrict new creativity by preventing that creativity is shared. They lobbied this Canon Law, which states that suspected piracy websites can be taken down without a court order. This is a danger to freedom of speech, since any site can just be taken down with the excuse that intellectual property is hosted. The “Ministerio of Cultura” should get a message that their current course will only lead to more controversy and protest.”

Spanish television has also reported on the attack. (en Español)

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Ministry Of Sound, You’re Next!

Gallant Macmillan Ministry of Sound about to get PWND!!!!

Anonymous’ plans of attacking the website of London-based copyright attorneys Gallant Macmillan were abruptly put on hold today, as the target chose to take down their own site rather than weather the deluge from the Anonymous packet storm. The target was quickly migrated to the website of the British nightclub and record label Ministry of Sound. This site went down with ease and as of this posting, remains down.

Anonymous claims that this raid is due to the Ministry of Sound’s position as the top client of Gallant Macmillan. This attack adds to the weeks of electronic civil disobedience waged by anonymous internet users as a means of voicing outrage over draconian enforcement of badly-written copyright laws drafted by the music industry.

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Target: Australia!

Put another shrimp on ye barbie, me hearties!

2100 UTC on Monday, September 27 saw another coordinated DDOS attack by anonymous, this time aimed at the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT). Reports of the results are wildly conflicting, with AFACT claiming the attack not only took down their website, but also affected 8,000 other Australian websites, some operated by the Australian government. Netregsitry, AFACT’s hosting company, claims the attack prompted Netregistry to take down AFACT’s website while the attack didn’t affect any other site. Our own analysis– which consisted of simply attempting to access afact.org.au– showed that the site did not load at all during the time of the attack. Typical of the state of affairs on the internet, “hacker” attacks like these are portrayed as either being completely ineffectual or devastating on an apocalyptic level; the truth of the matter is that “real hacker attacks” are largely undetectable until a fair amount of time has elapsed.

Torrentfreak has more:

According to an announcement by AFACT’s host, Netregistry, “A DDoS attack began to take place at approximately 8:30AM AEST, with a group of hackers attacking the firewall by flooding it with connections attempting to take down all servers.”

Although referring to those charging their Low Orbit Ion Cannons as hackers is something of a stretch, and even though the attacks were eventually dealt with by Netregistry, according to Neil Gane from AFACT nearly 8,000 other websites were also taken down in the attack.

“A lot of these sites are small Australian businesses and Government web sites,” Gane told ITnews. “They have been affected by this senseless act.”

Delimiter has a different take.

“The AFACT website was offline due to Netregistry engineers suspending it as the target of the attack. All other sites on the shared infrastructure remained operational, albeit with some service degradation,” they added. Anonymous had planned to attack AFACT for at least 12 hours.

“We’re delighted to say our infrastructure proved to be highly resilient in the face of a particularly heavy and determined DDoS attack. All affected websites remained online and were back to full performance reasonably quickly, only experiencing intermittent connection problems throughout the day,” said Netregistry chief executive Larry Bloch.

If AFACT’s claim of “collateral damage” is true, the fault therefore rests on Netregistry for operating a woefully inadequate and obsolete system. If Netregistry’s claim is true, AFACT are bald-faced liars.

All of this is happening against the backdrop of the prospect of ACS:Law being fined £500,000 ($790,200 USD) for leaking its list of the pornography purchases of Sky Internet users. Read the BBC’s article and watch their video here.

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The Hammer Comes Down on Andrew Crossley

Filesharing will kill music, just like the radio and the phonograph did.


Know what else was in those leaked emails from ACS:Law? Lists of users of Sky Internet and their pornography purchases. This isn’t just unethical, it’s blatantly illegal. The Solicitor’s Regulation Authority hit the tip of the iceberg of corruption that makes up ACS:Law. The thuggish and mafia-like behavior of the recording industry and its “anti-piracy” cronies are developing into a distinct pattern: illegal acts are justified if you are in the employ of a multi-billion dollar industry and are targeting college students, pensioners and people with no money. The gears of capitalist greed grind on– but not for long, it would seem. What greedy band of recording industry hitmen are next?

Here is Privacy International’s announcement.

Privacy International has announced that it is planning legal action against a UK law firm for breaching the privacy of internet users after a security breach.

The information held by ACS:Law, a law firm that has been tracking internet users to pursue legal action for breach of copyright, includes vast amounts of information on thousands of internet users. While the full extent of this breach is not yet known, one report stated that among the stolen files is a single email containing the personal information of approximately 10,000 people assumed to have been involved in file-sharing of pornographic works, exposing their names, addresses, postcodes, and Internet protocol addresses. Other reports indicate that credit card details have also been made available.

According to Alexander Hanff, PI Advisor: “This data breach is likely to result in significant harm to tens of thousands of people in the form of fraud, identity theft and severe emotional distress.”

“This firm collected this information by spying on internet users, and now it has placed thousands of innocent people at risk.”

PI has briefed the Information Commissioner’s Office and is preparing a complaint. PI is also accepting complaints directly from the public, and we urge anyone who is a victim of this breach to get in touch as soon as possible by emailing alex@privacy.org.

The BBC has more.

Simon Davis, from the watchdog Privacy International, said he would be asking the Information Commissioner to “conduct a full investigation” and hoped it would be “a test case of the Information Commissioner’s new powers”.

“You rarely find an aspect where almost every aspect of the Data Protection Act (DPA) has been breached, but this is one of them,” said Mr Davies.

“It fits perfectly for the term ‘egregious misuse’ of personal data,” he added.

Crossley’s reaction has been priceless, claiming that hackers broke into his site and uncovered classified material. This is another obvious and blatant lie. During the process of ACS:Law’s website being returned to operational status, administrators foolishly published the entire email database on a public page and made no effort to conceal this from the thousands of people then scouring their site with a fine-toothed comb. Crossley shot himself in the foot and is now trying to backpedal. Lolz.

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A New Communique from Anonymous

Andrew Crossley *PWND*!!!

Homepage of Operation Payback:
http://tieve.tk/
(Valid as of 24/09/10, things may have changed from then.)

To whom it concerns,

Over the past years we have seen an technological revolution. One where you are free, in the most extreme anarchistic sense, to share ideas. Some of these ideas are shared behind proxies, darknets, or similar “closed doors”, but the ideas are out there. This kind of revolution is of the mind, and its effects on respective societies is all but surprising. While the people embrace this revolution, this new “anarchy” of freedom to share, leaders have crushed and seek to crush it before it even begins in earnest.

These “anarchists”, who are only anarchists in the minds of leaders seeking to destroy this freedom, have succeeded en-mass in distributing content to the poor, the underpriveleged, the restricted. The most popular pirates are the chinese, whose content filters restrict a vast amount of content from them. The second most popular, the poor, who cannot afford things like college books or entertainment. Indeed, while mostly ignored, a vast amount of educational literature is available to the everyday pirate. Enough that saw me through college, even, when I otherwise could not have afforded it.

It is no different, though, than when these powers that be tried to silence the record player, the cassette, the CD. The same claims were made then, and they were ignored, so why now are they listened to? This flawed application of extremist capitalism upon what is considered sacred by any culture – knowledge – is treason upon every human. All should have the right to listen to that beat, experience that twist in a plot, or learn from the mass volumes of literature now made available.

You already know this, however. You know it when you freely give your unused software, illegally I might add (remember: You don’t own the software you buy [1]), to a friend or acquaintence. You know it when you give that old college book to a persin in need. You know it when little girls are basically raped in the name of “justice” [2]. You know it when thousands of bullshit legal letters are sent to SCARE money out of people [3]. You know it when such organizations lie through their teeth, produce false documents, and spread misinformation about its opponents [4]. You know that this is not right when your leaders inexplicably support massive capitalist enterprises over the majority opinion of their own people [5]. You know they are wrong when they use illegal means to get what they want, while simultaneously bashing us for doing the same [6].

If you were to assume the propaganda of various community-reputable organisations such as…

The Motion Picture Association of America [MPAA]
The Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA]
The British Phonographic Industry [BPI]
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft [AFACT]
Stichting Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland [BREIN]

…you would have heard many a story that if you say, ‘pirate’ a film or an album, you are depriving a simple artist, actor or crewmember from their rightful wage. They won’t be able to break even for their next lot of groceries – and YOU robbed them of THEIR money. Money that they only see a small percentage of, they carefully omit. Do they ever tell you how small of a percentage most script writers, novelists, etc, actually make? No, and there is a reason why. Do they tell you how much THEY, the anti-piracy organizations, make? No, and there is a reason why.

In the end, our DDoS efforts have been compared to waiting for a train [7]. What do we have to do to be heard? To be taken seriously? Do we have to take to the streets, throwing molitovs, raiding offices of those we oppose? Realize, you are forcing our hand by ignoring us. You forced us to DDoS when you ignored the people, ATTACKED the people, LIED TO THE PEOPLE! You are forcing us to take more drastic action as you ignore us, THE PEOPLE, now.

We will not stop.

We will not forget.

We will prevail.

We are anonymous.

[1] http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/09/first-sale-doctrine/
[2] http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100722/09434710323.shtml
[3] http://technews.am/conversations/techdirt/acs_law_asks_those_who_deny_infringing_to_incriminate_themselves
[4] We DID NOT attack the pirate party, we ARE NOT affiliated with anti-scientology activism, and The Pirate Bay has not organized this.
[5] http://www.which.co.uk/news/2010/01/acs-law-letter-writing-continues-197714
[6] http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-boss-denies-dos-attacks-torrent-site-refutes-claim-100912/
[7] http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/22/acs_4chan/

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