Hacker Group Anonymous Takes Up Arms in SOPA Battle

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The "hacktivist" network known as Anonymous has stepped into the fray in the battle among legacy media companies, Internet firms, and politicians over the federal Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

The controversial proposed legislation would make it more difficult for websites to display pirated content, but many tech companies -- including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, and others -- argue that it is overkill, and would unfairly restrict information-sharing.

Now another group with an interest in making sure that the Internet remains as free as a lawless Caribbean sea has added its voice to the debate: the hackers of Anonymous.

Anonymous is going after the heads of media companies that support the legislation, the New York Times reports, including Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes and Sumner Redstone of Viacom and CBS. Bewkes' home addresses and phone numbers were posted online among documents with information about numerous executives at companies that back SOPA.

The latest stunt by Anonymous, which has made its name through acts ranging from the posting of photos of a BART spokesman's genitalia online to the sabotage of the Talking Points Memo news site, goes by the name Operation Hiroshima, with the Twitter hashtag #OpHiroshima.

A menacing YouTube video announcing the effort states, "You take our speech, you take our Internet... We fight back."

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Nhoward
Nhoward

Seek and destroy anom! You have my support brothers!! You need to do it to them anyway. Fuck em!

nixx
nixx

I support anon 100%. Those bastards of big companies like Sony and Viacom already make billions of dollars even with piracy. Now they want to take away the only thing that truly doesn't have any restrictions and its honestly the only true sign of democracy? Fuck those guys. Do your thing anon

yt7509
yt7509

I don' know SOPA in details, but for me regarding piracy, if the basicprinciples are :

1) against piracy centers and not end users (always centers in piracy dueto the need for catalogs and search amongst other things, "peer topeer" also a lot of hypocrisy in the terms and everybody knows it)

2) No monitoring at all of end users flow, collect of their IPs a formalcomplaint from somebody about a user acting as a center

3) All procedures are legal and public

Then it clearly is the right way to do it, not to forget that if piracydoesn't create any revenues for authors and creators, it does create some (andnot a little) for some people :

http://owni.fr/2011/12/14/secr...

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/n...

 

Note : above more developed below (but in French) :

http://iiscn.wordpress.com/201...

And "zero piracy" doesn't matter in anyway (not more than schoolkids exchanging files), problem is when it becomes the default and easiestaccess method for works and publications.

But on this, in order to have a real "user experience" addedvalue in buying instead of pirating, and this in a non quasi monopolisticenvironment (or with just 2 or three "monsters"), clearly somethinglike below would be required :

http://iiscn.wordpress.com/201...

yt7509
yt7509

I don' know SOPA in details, but for me regarding piracy, if the basicprinciples are :

1) against piracy centers and not end users (always centers in piracy dueto the need for catalogs and search amongst other things, "peer topeer" also a lot of hypocrisy in the terms and everybody knows it)

2) No monitoring at all of end users flow, collect of their IPs a formalcomplaint from somebody about a user acting as a center

3) All procedures are legal and public

Then it clearly is the right way to do it, not to forget that if piracydoesn't create any revenues for authors and creators, it does create some (andnot a little) for some people :

http://owni.fr/2011/12/14/secr...

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/n...

 

Note : above more developed below (but in French) :

http://iiscn.wordpress.com/201...

And "zero piracy" doesn't matter in anyway (not more than schoolkids exchanging files), problem is when it becomes the default and easiestaccess method for works and publications.

But on this, in order to have a real "user experience" addedvalue in buying instead of pirating, and this in a non quasi monopolisticenvironment (or with just 2 or three "monsters"), clearly somethinglike below would be required :

http://iiscn.wordpress.com/201...

Aconservativeteacher Atgmail
Aconservativeteacher Atgmail

So, in summary, this group is upset that privacy rights might be violated, so they break the privacy rights of others. This group is really kind of an 'end justifies the mean' sort of group. They're right for opposing SOPA, but anyone who supports Anonymous is a hypocritical piece of steaming dog poop.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Wow, someone doesn't understand LULZ.

CryoAnon
CryoAnon

Would it hurt you to be a bit more polite in voicing your disagreement with our tactics?

DengHoo
DengHoo

Dude that may well be he coolest thign ever dude.

www.Total-Privacy dot US

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