Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Sony Electronics — some of the largest video game companies in the world — have all pulled their support for an online bill that could encourage censorship online, according to an updated list of supporters of the bill.
Illegal Flower Tribute refers to a day of commemoration organized by Chinese internet users at the headquarters of Google China in Beijing in January 2010. The real life homage took place as a result of Google’s announcement of a possible pullout from mainland China following the disclosure of a cyberattack carried out by Chinese hackers against dozens of high-tech companies including Google.
Some questioned if recent in-fighting between hacker collective Anonymous’ more vocal members would affect the group’s efficacy combating its latest target, the “Protect IP” bill. Considering the group launched a DDoS attack on Monday which temporarily knocked out service to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s official website, the answer is fairly clear: it didn’t.
ZeroPaid noticed the website outage and a message on Twitter by “@Anony_Ops” that confirmed the LOIC-powered DDoS attack, part of the group’s ongoing “Operation Payback,” had succeeded.
“Current target: www.uschamber.com :: Status: Down,” read the message, which also went on to explain the motivation behind the movement: the controversial “Protect IP” bill, which is backed by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
VentureBeat, however, reported that the attack was a bust and the site was “humming and shows no sign of slowing down” following the scheduled cyber assault. Other reports suggest the downtime was just extremely brief.
Anonymous members may also be on the verge of targeting specific Senators.
One member at AnonNews recommended that others should “tweet some hate” at the bill’s authors. Another commenter ominously suggested that those interested in aiding the operation should save their questions for an IRC this Thursday so the group is “a well oiled and ready machine on Friday.”
Many fear “Protect IP” could potentially grant overwhelming power to the government, allowing it to essentially shut down sites at will, regardless of whether or not copyright infringement took place.
Erik Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, warned last week that combating a complex issue such as piracy with a simple response would do more harm than good. Schmidt suggested a decision to “whack off DNS” would “set a very bad precedent” and could potentially result in internet censorship akin to what presently happens in China. The executive promised to fight any passed law which restricts or disallows free speech.
A while ago the internet “terrorist” / hacktvist group Anonymous set out on a mission against the Mexican drug cartel. Quite a big operation seeing as both US DEA and Mexican government have been doing the same thing for many years with no success. Either way just about everyone cheered for and thought that anonymous could take the fight. Not enough to shut the cartel down, but maybe shut the cartel up. Anonymous had some information about the cartel that they didn’t want released but threatened to do so if their kidnapped member wasn’t released. Yesterday he was released, so congrats anonymous!
Read about the attack HERE