Anonymous Strikes Again; DDoS Attacks Spain's Copyright Society

After recently cyber assaulting anti-piracy advocates and threatening to attack until it “stops being angry,” hacker collective Anonymous has struck again. The target this time: the Spanish copyright protection society.

PandaLabs reported how Anonymous yesterday launched a DDoS attack against the Spanish copyright protection society. As of 2:30 p.m. EDT yesterday, PandaLabs had witnessed more than 20 service interruptions to the society’s site, as well as four interruptions to a second Spanish site, mcu.es.

In a public statement to the media, Anonymous said:

“The SGAE has as slogan ‘Believe in culture’, while they restrict new creativity by preventing that creativity is shared. They lobbied this Canon Law, which states that suspected piracy websites can be taken down without a court order. This is a danger to freedom of speech, since any site can just be taken down with the excuse that intellectual property is hosted. The ‘Ministerio of Cultura’ should get a message that their current course will only lead to more controversy and protest.”

While some have dubbed Anonymous “Internet griefers” and a “hate group,” PandaLabs calls the group’s actions an example of the first organized mass cyber protest on the Internet against entities that work to promote and enforce anti-piracy and copyright laws. Anonymous recently responded to these organizations’ efforts to shut down free file-sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay by launching an onslaught of globally coordinated web attacks.

“The way things are progressing, it will be no surprise to see cyber protests organized country by country targeting different copyright protection associations,” said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs.

In a recent interview with PandaLabs, Anonymous repeated its stance on piracy and an organizer of the group called it the “next step in a cultural revolution of shared information.”

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