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4Chan DDoS Takes Down RIAA and MPAA Sites

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This past weekend 4Chan members launched distributed denial-of-service attacks on the websites of both the MPAA and the RIAA, taking the sites down for long periods of time on Saturday.

TorrentFreak reports that on Saturday 4Chan's 'Anonymous' launched a DDoS attack on Aiplex Software, an anti-piracy outfit hired by the MPAA to launch DDoS attacks on torrent sites that failed to respond to copyright infringement notices sent by the MPAA. Once Aiplex went down, 4Chan moved on to bigger and better targets.

"How fast you are in such a short time! Aiplex, the bastard hired gun that DDoS’d TPB (The Pirate Bay), is already down! Rejoice, /b/rothers, even if it was at the hands of a single anon that it was done, even if ahead of schedule. now we have our lasers primed, but what do we target now?

We target the bastard group that has thus far led this charge against our websites, like The Pirate Bay. We target MPAA.ORG! The IP is designated at “216.20.162.10″, and our firing time remains THE SAME. All details are just as before, but we have reaimed our crosshairs on this much larger target. We have the manpower, we have the botnets, it’s time we do to them what they keep doing to us.

REPEAT: AIPLEX IS ALREADY DOWN THANKS TO A SINGLE ANON. WE ARE MIGRATING TARGETS."

According to TorrentFreak, the assault on MPAA.org was successful; the site was taken offline within minutes and remained down for 18 hours until the MPAA moved its site to another IP address.

4Chan continued their efforts on Sunday and with the help of sympathizers, took down the RIAA website with a separate attack. The RIAA attack was scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern Time and the site went down five minutes before that time.

Both the MPAA and Aiplex confirmed to the BBC that DDoS attacks were responsible for site downtime over the weekend.

Sources: Torrent Freak, BBC

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    cabose369 , September 20, 2010 10:15 PM
    This is an epic win for 4chan and those that torrent stuff. No one likes u RIAA and MPAA.... go burn in hell!!
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    wydileie , September 20, 2010 10:15 PM
    I love this! Even those not in favor of pirating know how stupid the RIAA and MPAA is. Good job 4Chan (& friends).
  • 36 Hide
    sabot00 , September 20, 2010 10:13 PM
    Yeah, there's more torrenters and Pirates than enforcers.
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  • 34 Hide
    gmarsack , September 20, 2010 10:12 PM
    LOL Ah yes.. gotta love technology. :) 
  • 35 Hide
    Anonymous , September 20, 2010 10:12 PM
    I cant stop laughing!!!
  • 36 Hide
    sabot00 , September 20, 2010 10:13 PM
    Yeah, there's more torrenters and Pirates than enforcers.
  • 37 Hide
    cabose369 , September 20, 2010 10:15 PM
    This is an epic win for 4chan and those that torrent stuff. No one likes u RIAA and MPAA.... go burn in hell!!
  • 36 Hide
    wydileie , September 20, 2010 10:15 PM
    I love this! Even those not in favor of pirating know how stupid the RIAA and MPAA is. Good job 4Chan (& friends).
  • 31 Hide
    bv90andy , September 20, 2010 10:19 PM
    I have the biggest smile on my face right now :) 
  • 31 Hide
    Anonymous , September 20, 2010 10:20 PM
    lol the internet version of a protest :) 
  • 30 Hide
    the_krasno , September 20, 2010 10:21 PM
    Gotta love the poetic justice :) 
  • 26 Hide
    HavoCnMe , September 20, 2010 10:24 PM
    That'll teach'em!!!! LOL
  • 31 Hide
    thesupermedium , September 20, 2010 10:29 PM
    Yes! finally someone demonstrates how Denial of Service should be properly used!
  • 25 Hide
    sejin , September 20, 2010 10:30 PM
    This is so beautiful.
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    turboflame , September 20, 2010 10:31 PM
    >Implying it was just 4chan
  • 20 Hide
    TheWhiteRose000 , September 20, 2010 10:32 PM
    I find a great level of hilarity out of it.
  • 22 Hide
    brendano257 , September 20, 2010 10:32 PM
    I APPROVE.
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    jazz84 , September 20, 2010 10:37 PM
    While this does hold a certain level of "awesome" and "take THAT, d-bags," I'm left asking: what did this accomplish? What damage was REALLY done? If the black / white / gray hats all want to go to war, fine, but I don't see an ultimate goal to this other than each side taking turns harassing each other.
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2010 10:37 PM
    "...AIPLEX IS ALREADY DOWN THANKS TO A SINGLE ANON"

    there is a single botnet herder capable taking out a website, just one.... thats frightening to think of, especially seeing as the site that they took down was for all intent a botnet herder themselves

    saying that, i couldn't help but grin from cheek to cheek when i read the title
  • 26 Hide
    Stryter , September 20, 2010 10:40 PM
    Now this is some beautiful digital warfare lol! Rock on!
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    chainsaw667 , September 20, 2010 11:24 PM
    Here we go, more privileges revoked because the spin doctors will label this some kind of terrorism, and a law will be passed, and then everyone will be under scrutiny.

    Anon may be able to take down a website, but the *#AA's own our politicians, and the politicians control the enforcers. this will do nothing more than escalate the situation. They changed IP's now what, another DDos, new ip then what? Am i the only one who thinks these guys are playing a game of mental masturbation, look what we did, I feel so much better now..
    sheesh
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    borisof007 , September 20, 2010 11:25 PM
    We are legion
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