Having been appropriately placed on the same level as the equally hated and despised Cult of Scientology, it’s now recovering from an organised DDoS attack.
“Hacktivists have launched denial of service attacks against music industry association ifpi.org and lawyers involved in the prosecution of the four Pirate Bay defendants in the wake of a guilty verdict against the quartet last Friday,” said The Register‘s John Leyden.
“The assault has rendered ifpi.org – the main website of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry – intermittently unavailable or sluggish for a time on Monday morning,” he says.
“Discussions involving 250 hackers on irc.anonnet.org talk about retaliation on the ifpi and lawyers involved in the case and a desire to take the ifi.org website off the internet throughout Monday, at a minimum. Discussion on the attack can be found at irc channels at anonnet.org.”
Admin coldblood told The Register, “This is very much like the Scientology thing started more than a year ago now.”
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Operation Baylout, as the attack is called, also involved the reported defacement of the Swedish website of the IFPI.
Meanwhile limited distributed denial of service attacks against some Torrent tracker sites continued in the wake of guilty verdict against the four defendants in the high-profile Pirate Bay trial last Friday.
The main victim of attacks by as yet unidentified vigilantes (or possibly simple griefers) was free-torrents.org, reports security tools firm Arbor Networks. The assault against free-torrents.org has been going on for around a month, and so is hardly a new development. Arbor’s findings (below) contradict rumours that large-scale denial of service attacks against multiple Torrent trackers were underway.
All in all, except for free-torrents.org getting attacked by a Black Energy botnet run out of China (using the C&C at hack-off.ru), we can`t corroborate this spate of attacks. Free-torrents.org has been getting pounded by this botnet since mid March, 2009, in fact. But none of the other major sites appear to be receiving such packet love.
The IFPI site was back up when p2pnet went for a look at 10:27 am Pacific.
The Register – Music industry sites DDoSed after Pirate Bay verdict, April 20, 2009
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