The users at 4chan, a popular image board responsible for many Internet memes such as the Rickroll, lolcats, and the "Anonymous" assault on the Church of Scientology, publicly announced a coordinated DDoS attack against the Motion Picture Association of America in retaliation for the hiring of an Indian-based software firm, which carried out similar attacks on The Pirate Bay and other file sharing sites.
Girish Kumar, managing director of Aiplex Software, the firm in India, said that his company, which works for the film industry, was being hired to pretty much be hitmen who would launch cyber attacks on pirate sites that were hosting illegal material if they didn't respond to copyright infringement notices sent to them by the film industry. This is a cyber crime under American and other countries' laws.
The attacks have been ongoing since early September, with major websites taking falls and experiencing huge downtime for up to 24 hours. Websites and companies affected are the Motion Picture Association of America, WebSheriff, DG Legal, Davenport Lyons and the British Phonographic Industry, to name a few. The most recent attack is the Ministry of Sound, a British music service.
However, the most important attack was on the company responsible for hiring
Aiplex Software (as a note, their website is still down), the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, or ACS. The attack on their website has caused a massive security breach that contained a list of emails linked to illegal pornographic videos that was procured and then distributed all over torrent sites by the attackers.
To find out more on what's going on and why it won't stop until the attackers 'stop being angry', hit the break.
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It is about time something happened in Congress that everyone can get behind. With the likes of healthcare reform and the flailing economy, Congress has finally come together and unanimously passed legislation to limit the volume of television commercials.
We know what a blight on society commercials are, especially when they are so much louder than the television programs that they interrupt. Thank goodness Congress has taken the first step in eliminating this national disaster.
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Have you ever bought stuff online before? Maybe a shirt from OldNavy.com or jeans from eBay? How about a dress from YouTube? No, never from YouTube? Well, the French Connection would like to change that. They have launched the first online store through YouTube.
The new concept store allows you to watch fashion videos on YouTube, click annotation links and go right to the product listing on The French Connection's website. From there you can make a purchase, or not.
For more on the future of video shopping and one of the videos, hit the break.
I find myself on an airplane every now and again and I can't say the experience has ever been memorable since I got used to the fact I was some 20,000 feet higher than I was ever meant to be. Plus lets face it, over the past decade air travel for those of us who fly coach sure hasn't gotten any better. However, if the experience consisted of say some hot flight attendants dancing to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry I certainly would be excited about the usually mandatory and often ignored safety demonstration. Not because it could actually benefit me in the event of an emergency because I'm pretty sure when that flying projectile we call an airplane drops it like it's hot, because it's on fire, and I'm in it, I'm still screwed.
Hit the break to see these flight attendants do their thing.