Skip to comments.Anonymous hackers claim to have crashed Justice Department website
Posted on 01/19/2012 3:19:57 PM PST by maggief
Anonymous, the group of activist hackers, claimed to have crashed the Justice Department website on Thursday in retaliation for prosecutors shutting down the popular file-sharing site Megaupload.com.
"The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites," the group wrote on its Twitter account.
A Justice Department spokesman did not confirm whether the agency had suffered a cyber attack, but justice.gov was not loading as of Thursday afternoon.
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Holder is prolly behind it himself, so it gives this administration an excuse to take over control of the internet.
At least someone somewhere can and is pushing back, even if it is just websites.
They broke it real good.
While I cannot condone a cyber attack, aw.. who am I kidding, I laughed my @$$ off.
Not at the attack, but at the thought of gooberment officials standing around looking like stunned oxen. Wha happen?
Great theory, except no-one can control the internet. All the government is doing is strong-arming some central DNS servers to give wrong data on IP addresses.
There are clever folks out there figuring out a way around the centralized DNS chokepoint.
Our government isn't looking very competent here.
Check out the twitter feed in post #6.
The latest is that the hackers have taken down the patent office as well and are currently working on shutting down the FBI. Imho, I think there are other targets that would be more attractive and ethical.
"Here", as opposed to ...?
This tweet was interesting, imho.
“Megaupload was taken down w/out SOPA being law. Now imagine what will happen if it passes. The Internet as we know it will end. FIGHT BACK.”
from your Twitter link. LOL.
Today, in retaliation, government did a questionable smackdown on people and 2 companies that AREN'T even here in the US.
And 30 minutes later, got slapped down like the newbs they are.
For a moment there I thought you might be implying there’s somwhere else they are competent ;).
Just saw a new tweet there, 27,000 computers involved in the DOJ attack. WOW.
Dude, I don't drink that much even on the weekends. ;)
Worth keeping an eye out ...
Testing, Testing, Testing, remember the generated crisis they have answers for? They will blame it on home grown terrorists and we all know who they are!
Just checking. Could be a brain tumor, or blunt force trauma to the head. Sounds like you're OK. ;)
Thats the truth. SOmething tells me that the whole Occupy movement and this Anonymous is all linked and supported through some soros foundation.
That man ought to be stripped of citizenship and kicked out of our country.
You might be right.
AmberLyon Amber Lyon CNN
Working on story now RT: @johncsmith88 “why isn’t CNN talking about the hacks? The world cares more about it than newt ducking Gingrich”
24 minutes ago
Get in there and find those Fast and Furious documents Eric WithHolder is hiding!
FedGov got it's butt completely thrashed in the matter of a few hours.
Occupy? I have no idea.
But I'm good with getting rid of Nazi collaborator Soros.
What REALLY bothers me is how stupidly and incompetently vulnerable parts of our government are.
They took down a web site (which is back up) after a lawful protest yesterday, and got hit within 30 minutes and is still down.
Doesn't say much about the competence of the FedGov. Perhaps if they would stick to their Constitutional role, these kinds of public embarassments wouldn't happen.
TheJusticeDept The Justice Dept
The department is working to ensure the website is available while we investigate the origins of this activity...
48 minutes ago
FBI.COM IS TANGO DOWN. #EXPECTUS
45 seconds ago
Ummmm, FBI.GOV is down, hard:
ERROR The requested URL could not be retrieved
While trying to retrieve the requested URL the following error was encountered:
* Unable to forward this request at this time.
The replacement Mega site is still up.
The Federal Government is looking more incompetent than even I thought possible. If they would just stick with the Constitution, this kind of stuff wouldn't happen to embarass them, and embolden our real enemies.
FBI.Gov is down.
The blow back from this will be bad. This is handing the fedgov a reason to put the kill switch in place.
And they can. It will take time and effort, but they can.
They can TRY. Of course.
But they cannot succeed. Shutting down the internet today shuts the country down. There will be riots. You will see blood in the streets within 24 hours.
They know better than to do that.
I 100% agree. But it will be tried because no state wants the flow of information to be uncontrolled.
As Internet pioneer John Gilmore put it:
"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
The FedGov is still down.
Granted, I'm only a cook these days, but if I was admin for the government, I'd move the websites to other IP address (and they have plenty) and do a DNS push with a short life on it to repoint at the new addresses.
After all, they hold the high ground (DNS servers). They just don't know what to do with it.
Like a monkey fornicating a football.
Read my tag line.
Can you think of a faster more effective way to unite Americans against the FedMob than to have them shut off interwebs access?
Yep. Well, in fairness, only -parts- of it are still down. They're getting things going again.
> Granted, I'm only a cook these days, but if I was admin for the government,...
I'm the Director of Sysadmin for an international software company. I'm watching this with a weird mixture of glee and horror. :)
> ... I'd move the websites to other IP address (and they have plenty) and do a DNS push with a short life on it to repoint at the new addresses.
Yep. Although it's also just plain embarrassing that they can't rouse the raw horsepower to just withstand the attack. Not that they should have it turned on all the time. But my god, don't they know how to distribute and manage an overload?
> After all, they hold the high ground (DNS servers). They just don't know what to do with it.
> Like a monkey fornicating a football.
Wow, thanks for that image..... yes, exactly!!
appreciating your posts on this thread, thanks
No. But I never believe that the Fedgov will act in a rational manner.
Insult the king enough, and he will react.
So it reacted.
And got punched in the snoot by some hotheads.
Doesn't say much about the competence of FedGov.
Perhaps if they would move back to a Constitutional role, these kinds of things wouldn't happen.
And you do know I don't try to be entertaining. Stuff just seems to happen when I'm around. ;)
BTW, I'm finally building that trebuchet.
Well, I don’t expect rationality either but I kind of hope they do shut it down. The motivation is a little shallow but I would expect protests that dwarf the TEA Parties, OWS and SEIU-ACORN combined and include them all plus all the couch potatoes who have never protested anything before.
Yes, that's the bottom line.
We pay those SOBs to run a government which does what the Constitution says it should do, does NOT do what the Constitution says it should NOT do, and from time to time with great care and caution, adjusts what the Constitution says about DO and DO NOT, to make corrections or allow for the legitimate growth of civilization.
We do NOT pay them to ignore the Constitution for the most part, and then write avalanches of end-runs around it with thousands of laws that either ignore their Constitutional duties, or make every freakin' thing illegal.
Ooooooh, there will come a Day of Reckoning....
If they wanted to get to Holder, instead of just crashing the site, how about forwarding Holder’s entire email history to Darryl Issa? THAT would have him emptying his colon in a heartbeat.
Aw, shucks, we're just havin' ourselves a good time, couple of old geezers (I just turned 60, I'm guessin' about JRandom).
I first heard the term "J. Random" (as in "J. Random Hacker") around 1970 at MIT. It became a standard part of my and my wife's vocabulary, along with the metasyntactic variables "foo", "bar", and other terms like "frob" (to tweak a knob in a random manner) and of course "hacker" itself, a term of acknowledgment of skill and coolness...
I think "JRandomFreeper" is one of the best handles I've seen here. :)
“You can’t stop the signal Mel.”