In retaliation to the fed shutdown of the multi-million dollar file sharing website MegaUpload.com, the group of ‘hacktivists’ known collectively as ‘Anonymous’ had at some point today, taken down two of the most visited sites on the net.
UniversalMusic.com with a worldwide Alexa traffic rank of 32K and CBS.com with a rank of 1k.
Earlier this week, Anonymous took down the sites of the U.S. Justice Department and the Motion Picture Association of America.
A video claiming to be from Anonymous and their current project “#OpGlobalBlackout” claimed if MegaUpload was not reinstated immediately, that they would flex their muscle and take down some of the biggest sites on the net. They gave a 72 hour warning for these attacks to take place.
That was 72 hours ago.
It seems like Anonymous has been able to trick various social media users to click on unspecified links that unbeknownst to the user, triggered programs designed to fire online attacks at various anonymous targets.
More information is breaking seemingly by the minute. The websites of the United Nations, Capital One, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been sited by Anonymous as potential targets. For domainers this is certainly something big to keep an eye on, but the implications are far-reaching, touching a global nation of internet users.