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First off today, the DDoS attacks against anti-piracy organizations by members of the Internet forum 4Chan is continuing, this time targeting the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft. The group successfully took down the site for several hours but this time there was a great deal of collateral damage as 8,000 other sites hosted at the same location were also shuttered during the attack, including business and government pages. No word yet if another attack is being planned.
Next up today, the law firm ACS:Law is feeling the fall out of its own denial of service attack after a server flaw caused it to publish thousands of otherwise private emails after the attack. The emails included financial information about their letter campaign against file sharers, similar to what the U.S. Copyright Group is doing in the states, and showed the amount of profit that the company made from its campaign as well as several personal emails of staff at the firm. ACS:Law has said that their business is unaffected by the leak.
Finally today, in stark contrast to the protests and campaigns for the first trial, the appeal of the four Pirate Bay admins kicked off in Sweden with little fanfare. The four men, who were sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay a total of $3.6 million in damages at the lower court are appealing their convictions. However, one of the four, Svartholm Warg, was not there at the beginning of the appeal and none of the other three seem to know his whereabouts.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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