Anonymous, the online organisation that spawned from the internet's primordial soup, 4Chan, has continued its hacks against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) supporters, taking down several websites including that of TV Network CBS.
Anonymous not only hacked the site but deleted everything on the server as well. While it's back up now, images of CBS servers were leaked, showing just a single .html file left. This marks a change in tactics from the group which has in the past used Denial of Service attacks to make itself heard.
It was only a few days ago that we reported on Universal Music (UM) and several other sites being hit with DDOS attacks, making them impossible to access. Of course it didn't take long for them to get back online, but the anons weren't done yet. Attempting to access the UM website at the time of writing this piece just sees a perpetual "connecting" image. Once again, the site is down.
In what is being considered by some as a related attack - though it doesn't seem like Anonymous was involved - the UFC's website was also taken down yesterday, with the homepage being covered by a simple image of a glassy eyed hitler. A short bit of text accompanied the image, stating: "Underground NAzy H4ck3rGr0up." On the next line it read, "Fuck3d by JosthTheGod, MrOsama, & AntiGov. The use of an extra unecessary comma aside, it seems these fellows know what they're doing.
SOPA supporters have been attacked via peaceful protest, hacking attempts and public condemnation throughout the SOPA debate. Now that the bill and it's companion piece PIPA have been shelved indefinately, I wonder how long these retaliatory actions will continue. With some claiming that the act isn't dead though, just delayed, the potential is huge for ongoing protest; legal and otherwise.