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First off today, the war between Anonymous and Gene Simmons seems to have heated up even more. Previously, following anti-piracy comments the KISS frontman had made at a conference, the group initiated a DDOS attack against his site, partially shutting it down. However, Simmons followed up that attack with a legal threat against the member of Anonymous that seems to have brought about a follow-up attack, which has taken at least two sites run by him offline. Worse still, his main site is now redirecting to The Pirate Bay’s site, indicating a possible DNS hack.
Next up, it wasn’t just the pro-copyright community feeling the sting of attacks, due to a series of hacks at hosting provider Reality Check Network, many of the largest torrent sites on the Web are down as of this morning. According to reports, the master boot records of several of their servers were corrupted. The sites have now been down for over 24 hours though the host has promised to keep all hands on deck until service is restored. The attack is being blamed on a disgruntled ex-employee though many had initially suspected anti-piracy efforts were responsible.
Finally today, in another attack as part of Operation Payback, Anonymous has launched a denial of service attack against the UK Intellectual Property Office, an official government site in the UK. The site was down for at least a period of 18 hours though it seems to be back online at this time.
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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