This week will live in digital infamy.
First, one of the greatest co-ordinated web protests cropped up in opposition of SOPA/PIPA. SOPA, PIPA, and the protest/petition each have their historic value; stricter, destructive measures to protect copyrights and introduce web-wide censorship, and an impromptu digital force that actually appears to have had an impact.
Comparing that to the weeks Occupy protesters spent trying to get folks to listen, it looks like the web wins.
Whether they are your allies or enemies, Anonymous is dropping giants today like flies. Upon the shutdown of popular file sharing hub Megaupload, a volley of DDoS attacks pounded government agencies and commercial giants.
DDoS attacks against the US Department of Justice, MPAA, RIAA, US Copyright Office, have been confirmed so far. Sites that are back up and functioning are having trouble, and are sluggish at best. It doesn’t look like Anonymous is letting up either.
This is possibly the most immense, wide-spread attack in the short history of the internet.
An argument against the actions of anonymous points to a slippery legal slope this could set internet upon. The assumption is vying for control of the internet based upon copyright violations has not been enough, but actions like this would give recourse to seek control grounded in sentiments of safety and security. That is, if Anonymous can do it, anyone can.
And if there is one thing that appears to be characteristically American, it would be the pre-emptive strike.
First SOPA/PIPA, now Anonymous on a rampage. We’ll have to see how this all plays out, and if Anonymous and internet users will make history.
Edit : Their pastebin post seemed a little childish, but then again… I don’t know. Stuff.