The Ministry of Sound's website has been downed by a group of online activists protesting against the legal harassment of alleged file-sharers by the record label's law firm.
The group, Anonymous, is responsible for the DDoS attacks that have crippled both the Ministry of Sound's website, and that of the law firm that it has hired to deal with alleged illegal file-sharers, Gallant Macmillian.
Gallant Macmillan had publicly declared that it had no qualms about hunting down alleged file-sharers and had said that it was on the verge of releasing court orders to UK ISPs, designed to force them into disclosing the personal details of illegal file-sharers.
The attack is a part of Operation Payback: is a bitch, in which the Anonymous group, comprising of members of the notorious 4Chan messaging board, had launched online strikes against ACS:Law, the MPAA and RIAA.
Earlier, security firm PandLabs had interviewed a member of the Anonymous group, who had said: “Anonymous is not an organization with hierarchy and leaders. We manifest as Anarchy. We are comprised of people from all walks of life. In short, we feel strongly motivated to do what we can to fight back against things which are morally questionable.”