“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