Daily Archives: 2012/01/19

Anonymous Largest Ever Hacktivist Strike Back Megaupload

“Anonymous” hacktivists strike back over internet censorship SOPA, PIPA and in retaliation for the federal agents piracy raid and shutdown of Megaupload, a massive file sharing site with 50 million daily users and 3% of internet traffic.

Armed officers raided an Auckland mansion occupied by Kim Dotcom, whose Megaupload website was shut down by US authorities on Thursday, accusing it of one of the largest cases of copyright theft ever.

The police seized luxury cars worth NZ$6.0 million [USD$4.8 million] including a 1959 pink Cadillac and a Rolls Royce Phantom. NZ$11 million in cash held in New Zealand financial accounts were also frozen.

Anonymous has answered by temporarily shutting down government websites including the official website for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation at FBI.gov  FBI Homepage

and the Department of Justice, as well as music and movie sites Universal Music Group, RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America.

Washington DC wants to extradite the Auckland Four to face prosecution for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works,

through Megaupload.com and related sites, on charges of racketeering and money laundering that could carry jail time of up to 20 years.

“ Even without SOPA having been passed yet, the federal government already has tremendous powers to do some of the things that they want to do.

This occurred without SOPA being passed – imagine what will occur after SOPA is passed, and PIPA and things of that nature.

They plan on fighting to the end and so do we.” – Barrett Brown

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Rupert Murdoch News Group Newspapers £10,000,000 Settlement Phone Hacking Scandal

Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers, News of the World has paid an estimated £10,000,000 in settlements, attorney fees and costs to make their notorious phone hacking scandal go away.

A high court judge determined from the confidential court papers detailing the cover-up allegations made by hacking victims against NGN News Group Newspapers executives and directors.

Charges included that the company put out public statements that it knew to be false, that it had deliberately deceived the police and had destroyed computers, evidence of wrongdoing and the deletion of a substantial number of emails.

Actor Jude Law was believed to have received the largest damages settlement of £130,000. It appears again that the attorneys were the big cash winners.

Jude Law was truly appalled being kept under constant surveillance for years.

“ No aspect of my private life was safe from intrusion by News Group Newspapers, including the lives of my children and the people who work for me.

It was not just that my phone messages were listened to. News Group also paid people to watch me and my house for days at a time and to follow me and those close to me.” – Jude Law

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