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Anonymous hackers claim to have crashed Justice Department website
The Hill ^ | January 19, 2012 | Brendan Sasso

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anonymous; cyberwarfare; fbi; megaupload; pipa; sopa; usdoj
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1 posted on 01/19/2012 3:20:00 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

Holder is prolly behind it himself, so it gives this administration an excuse to take over control of the internet.


2 posted on 01/19/2012 3:23:30 PM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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"The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites,"

LOL ... my bad !

3 posted on 01/19/2012 3:23:44 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: maggief

At least someone somewhere can and is pushing back, even if it is just websites.


4 posted on 01/19/2012 3:26:05 PM PST by the anti-liberal
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To: maggief
It's ain't pining for the fjords, it's dead.

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?

/johnny

5 posted on 01/19/2012 3:30:43 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Nachum; MestaMachine; STARWISE; LucyT

http://twitter.com/#!/YourAnonNews


6 posted on 01/19/2012 3:32:35 PM PST by maggief
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To: crosshairs
to take over control of the internet.

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.

/johnny

7 posted on 01/19/2012 3:34:42 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: maggief
Following the tweets on this is like watching a nuclear war without the nukes. Pre-emptive warning strike by side A, massive retaliation by side B.

Our government isn't looking very competent here.

/johnny

8 posted on 01/19/2012 3:47:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: crosshairs

Check out the twitter feed in post #6.


9 posted on 01/19/2012 3:56:35 PM PST by maggief
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To: JRandomFreeper
Following the tweets on this is like watching a nuclear war without the nukes.

LOL. I was just thinking the exact same thing. That, and also that our government seems to have brought a knife to a gun fight.
10 posted on 01/19/2012 3:58:47 PM PST by jjsheridan5
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To: JRandomFreeper

True.

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.


11 posted on 01/19/2012 3:58:57 PM PST by khnyny (Our government has become Hal in "2001 A Space Odyssey")
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To: JRandomFreeper
Our government isn't looking very competent here.

"Here", as opposed to ...?

12 posted on 01/19/2012 4:00:39 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: maggief

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.”


13 posted on 01/19/2012 4:03:36 PM PST by khnyny (Our government has become Hal in "2001 A Space Odyssey")
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To: tacticalogic
'here' as in 'in this particular fluster cluck'.

/johnny

14 posted on 01/19/2012 4:03:43 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: maggief
"Brown adds that “more is coming” and Anonymous-aligned hacktivists are pursuing a joint effort with others to “damage campaign raising abilities of remaining Democrats who support SOPA.”

from your Twitter link. LOL.

15 posted on 01/19/2012 4:04:56 PM PST by eureka! (Bless Our Troops. D*mn the Left.)
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To: jjsheridan5
I have to remember that yesterday was a peaceful protest by people that legally petitioned their government.

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.

/johnny

16 posted on 01/19/2012 4:08:28 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

For a moment there I thought you might be implying there’s somwhere else they are competent ;).


17 posted on 01/19/2012 4:09:05 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: maggief

Just saw a new tweet there, 27,000 computers involved in the DOJ attack. WOW.


18 posted on 01/19/2012 4:10:46 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: tacticalogic
I thought you might be implying there’s somwhere else they are competent

Dude, I don't drink that much even on the weekends. ;)

/johnny

19 posted on 01/19/2012 4:13:44 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Danae

Worth keeping an eye out ...


20 posted on 01/19/2012 4:18:14 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

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!


21 posted on 01/19/2012 4:25:32 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Dude, I don't drink that much even on the weekends. ;)

Just checking. Could be a brain tumor, or blunt force trauma to the head. Sounds like you're OK. ;)

22 posted on 01/19/2012 4:25:38 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: maggief

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.


23 posted on 01/19/2012 4:28:57 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Danae

You might be right.

//

AmberLyon Amber Lyon CNN
by YourAnonNews
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


24 posted on 01/19/2012 4:42:55 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

Get in there and find those Fast and Furious documents Eric WithHolder is hiding!


25 posted on 01/19/2012 4:48:32 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: maggief
Megaupload is back online under a new address. The (in)Justice department? Not so much. They are still down.

FedGov got it's butt completely thrashed in the matter of a few hours.

/johnny

26 posted on 01/19/2012 5:00:16 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Danae
Anonymous is not supported by anyone but the hackers themselves.

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.

/johnny

27 posted on 01/19/2012 5:06:23 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

TheJusticeDept The Justice Dept
by YourAnonNews
The department is working to ensure the website is available while we investigate the origins of this activity...
48 minutes ago


28 posted on 01/19/2012 5:16:28 PM PST by maggief
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To: Danae

YourAnonNews Anonymous
FBI.COM IS TANGO DOWN. #EXPECTUS
45 seconds ago


29 posted on 01/19/2012 5:22:14 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggief; JRandomFreeper
> YourAnonNews Anonymous 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.


30 posted on 01/19/2012 5:38:49 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
Yep. It continues to escalate.

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.

/johnny

31 posted on 01/19/2012 5:47:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: khnyny

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.


32 posted on 01/19/2012 5:57:54 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks maggief.


33 posted on 01/19/2012 6:02:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: redgolum
> 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.

34 posted on 01/19/2012 6:06:39 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

I 100% agree. But it will be tried because no state wants the flow of information to be uncontrolled.


35 posted on 01/19/2012 6:10:01 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
> The replacement Mega site is still up.

As Internet pioneer John Gilmore put it:

"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."


36 posted on 01/19/2012 6:12:00 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
Mega was back up in a couple of hours.

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.

/johnny

37 posted on 01/19/2012 6:21:36 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: redgolum

Read my tag line.


38 posted on 01/19/2012 6:29:43 PM PST by khnyny (Our government has become Hal in "2001 A Space Odyssey")
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To: redgolum
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.

Can you think of a faster more effective way to unite Americans against the FedMob than to have them shut off interwebs access?

39 posted on 01/19/2012 6:39:21 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
> Mega was back up in a couple of hours. The FedGov is still down.

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.

Ex-zactly.

> Like a monkey fornicating a football.

Wow, thanks for that image..... yes, exactly!!

40 posted on 01/19/2012 6:46:20 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
I am available for light NOC remote work, linux admin, or catering Christmas parties. ;)

/johnny

41 posted on 01/19/2012 6:58:41 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper; dayglored

appreciating your posts on this thread, thanks


42 posted on 01/19/2012 7:00:53 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Barack Obama.....Worst. President.. EVER!)
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To: TigersEye

No. But I never believe that the Fedgov will act in a rational manner.

Insult the king enough, and he will react.


43 posted on 01/19/2012 7:01:57 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: redgolum
I think the would-be king was insulted when the mail servers at DOJ crashed yesterday because of legitimate and lawful protest.

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.

/johnny

44 posted on 01/19/2012 7:05:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: prairiebreeze
Good to see you again. I've missed ATRW.

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.

/johnny

45 posted on 01/19/2012 7:09:09 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: redgolum

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.


46 posted on 01/19/2012 7:10:37 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
> Perhaps if they would move back to a Constitutional role, these kinds of things wouldn't happen.

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....

47 posted on 01/19/2012 7:24:23 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: maggief

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.


48 posted on 01/19/2012 7:28:22 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing popular indenture since 1832.)
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To: prairiebreeze; JRandomFreeper
> appreciating your posts on this thread, thanks

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. :)

49 posted on 01/19/2012 7:34:51 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

“You can’t stop the signal Mel.”


50 posted on 01/19/2012 7:39:49 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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