Hacktivist collective Anonymous have continued attacks on various Music Industry and Government websites today after vowing retaliation for the US authorities taking down file-sharing site MegaUpload, and making several arrests for violating piracy laws, including owner Kim Dotcom.
The FBI’s website along with various copyright and royalties organisations have now been hit, including the Broadcast Music, Inc. which is responsible for collecting license fees on behalf of songwriters.
Initial attacks against Motion Picture Association, RIAA, Universal Music and Department of Justice sites came within hours of news breaking that MegaUpload, one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites, had been shut down.
The Department of Justice, and Universal sites were immediately downed, and the website for the RIAA, or Recording Industry Association of America, went offline as well.
Moments later, MPAA.org also returned an error as Anonymous hacktivists managed to bring down the website for the Motion Picture Association of America as well.
Anonymous-aligned hacktivists are pursuing joint efforts with others to “damage campaign raising abilities of remaining Democrats who support SOPA (SOPA/PIPA are two laws being proposed in the U.S that could violate people’s freedom on the internet).”
The group have also released a press release of sites they will attack.