Virgin Media saw its website downed by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack launched by Anonymous yesterday.
The attack started at 5pm and the site was offline for about an hour, with the motive being the service provider’s block on The Pirate Bay website.
Virgin Media noted that the blockade wasn’t its decision – and indeed five major UK ISPs have been forced to deny users access to The Pirate Bay via a court order. However, Virgin was the first to take such action, and that’s likely why the service provider was fired upon by the hacktivist collective.
Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attack via the usual tweet: “Virgin Media – Tango Down #OpTPB.”
Virgin Media issued a statement to say: “As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders but we strongly believe that tackling the issue of copyright infringement needs compelling legal alternatives, giving consumers access to great content at the right price, to help change consumer behaviour.”
There were also claims made via other Anonymous Twitter accounts that TalkTalk was hit over the weekend as well, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
It isn’t difficult to use a workaround to defeat the ISP’s block of The Pirate Bay, at any rate, and following Virgin’s initial ban, traffic to the site has actually increased.
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