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Anonymous Targets The Protect IP Bill

Anonymous makes a very public plea for assistance for their next attack.

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Google is not the only well-known public entity that’s decrying the unfortunate Protect IP bill, a would-be tool of an entertainment industry desperately trying to maintain control over the concept of intellectual property, a muddled subject on the best of days. Keep in mind, the RIAA likes to keep the money they’ve won in previous IP lawsuits, confusing the subject of who they are actually protecting, themselves or the artists?

As expected, once text of the Protect IP bill hit, the backlash was quick and severe. So much so, it’s hard to believe those that make the laws are even considering the whims of the people they’re supposed to be representing; instead, favoring an entertainment industry that’s shown zero reason to evolve with the times, an industry that cares more about protecting its coffers than it does producing quality entertainment.

Just ask Roger Ebert and/or the Black Eyed Peas.

As for the much-maligned IP protection bill, you can find various criticisms all over the Internet, but for these purposes, Tech Dirt and CNet are good starting places. This post isn’t here to discuss the effectiveness or the lack thereof concerning Protect IP. Instead, the backlash has brought us to perhaps the second chapter of this story: Anonymous’ reaction.

Naturally, the folks in the Guy Fawkes masks aren’t too happy about the implications of the Protect IP bill, and so they’ve decided to fight back like they normally do: by conducting a denial of service attack against the site of the institution Anonymous feels wronged by. In this case, they will be targeting the United States Chamber of Commerce, which sounds like the kind of target Anonymous prefers. However, instead of relying on word of mouth, normally carried by various IRC channels, Anonymous reached out to one of the more outspoken sections of the Internet: Reddit.com.

The current lead “story” at Reddit concerns a call to arms from the Anonymous army, asking for help in the upcoming attack, called “Operation Payback,”, which takes place on May 23rd, according to the flier. And yes, there is a themed-for-Reddit-flier for the event, which we have:

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So far, there’s nothing on either of Anonymous’ Twitter accounts mentioning the invitation; however, the Reddit reaction thread is full of responses, with one in particular standing out. In it, user norten asks questions the effectiveness of such Anonymous attacks:

And DDoS isn’t? It’s exactly shit like this that scares the average voter into thinking the government needs more control to protect them from ‘hackers’. It won’t convince anyone that the internet needs less oversight, and it may sway some the exact opposite way.

Does Anonymous’ actions only exacerbate the “war” against the Internet or does it help? Whatever the case, it’s hard to deny the logic and common sense being displayed in norten’s response. And then, there’s this perspective from Nick4753:

Plus, who the fuck cares if the US Chamber of Commerce website is unavailable for 24-48 hours? How many people actually go to that website on a daily basis? The DDOS attacks that are most effective are usually those that cause substantial economic harm because they are aimed at an organization that relies on their website having 24/7/365 uptime. I just don’t see that applying here.

Is Anonymous targeting the wrong entity? Perhaps their efforts would be better spent engaging Senator Patrick Leahy, one of the chief architects for Protect IP. Just how effective do you think Anonymous’ techniques are? Let us know in the comments.

Anonymous Targets The Protect IP Bill
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  • Adsense Publisher

    I just don’t see the point in taking down that website. Sure it’ll piss off a few people, but eventually the longer the attack keeps up the easier it will be to find out who’s doing it and from where they are doing it from. If it were me doing an attack I wouldn’t target a website that most people don’t even visit on a normal day or know even exists. It just compares to feeling sorry about a wall in downtown Los Angeles that is being sprayed with graffiti on it and you live in Philadelphia.

  • Karen

    This bill simply enables censorship without providing any effective way to “protect” intellectual property. I know because I work with internet security. This is how file sharers operate:

    They sniff out code vulnerabilities where they can gain control of a website (or entire server). Then they implant their wares (warez) on the hijacked site. When the site is cleaned, they’ve already moved on to new sites. All they need is a script and internet access — and that access can change every time they run their scripts. Nothing in this bill will help prevent this.

    However, we already HAVE preventatives – or at least early warning systems. If you browse with firefox or google chrome, it will (at your request) block any site which google’s crawlers have discovered contains malicious software. Google Webmaster tools will send email to any webmaster who has registered his or her site when the crawler discovers malicious or hacked files.

    So the people sponsoring this bill are either really, really ignorant (I see Grassley’s name) or this is a trojan horse ushering in government censorship of the internet as they have in China and Cuba.

    Please write your Senator and urge him or her to support Senator Ron Wyden as he puts a hold on this noxious censorship bill.

  • Extroncore

    Everyone can be on that chatchannel so they just pick 1 comment with something bad in. It’s not because 1 is saying this they will actually do it for this reason.

  • http://webintegrations.co.uk Web Design Scotland

    Corporate control will never mix with the internet.

    Bad things happen when the 2 bubbles collide.

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