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RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby SlyckTom » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:08 am

History is written by the victorious to reflect whatever truth fits best. What story will be written about the great online copyright wars current being waged in the years to come? Will it be the RIAA's or LimeWire's? Good question; as of right now neither, since both are offline and incapable of telling their tale. So it's up to us...

Knocking websites offline used to be a purely pro-entertainment industry sport. Napster, Scour, LimeWire, AudioGalaxy, EliteTorrents - the list goes on. These sites and hundreds, if not thousands like them, have been forced offline by the various pro-copyright factions that have used the judicial system to obtain permanent injunctions against their file-sharing foes. It seems the tables have turned, however, as the other side has obtained the tools and strength to do the same.

The "other side" happens to be a variety of different online groups participating in Operation: Payback. This effort is part of a coordinated (at least most of the time) effort to DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) certain websites. Most happen to be pro-copyright/entertainment industry websites, but being pro-copyright isn't the inherent target. Rather, their targets consist of those who actively confront file-sharing or support efforts to sue those accused of file-sharing. The online group Anonymous is certainly part of this effort, but isn't the only group involved. It has grown from its origins to include facets from all corners of the internet. And the latest target, as we reported yesterday, is the RIAA - again.

The schedule attack against the RIAA's website was set to begin at 4PM EST today, yet it seems either one of two things happened: 1) the RIAA intentionally brought their server offline, or 2) there was a premature attack on the website. Either way, the site is offline, and that seems to be good enough for Anonymous and supporters of Operation: Payback.

Although the site is offline, the planned DDoS attack is still scheduled to occur, at least according to Operation: Payback's homepage. If history is any indication, typically when a site goes offline prematurely, targets are switched (such was the case for the Ministry of Sound when Gallant Macmillan took their site offline). We'll see what happens at 4PM EST.

Update 5:15PM EST: The DDoS attack took place an hour later than scheduled, however, in about 4 minutes 30 seconds, the RIAA website was taken offline. The RIAA website experienced some downtime earlier today, but was back online during the afternoon. As of this update, the RIAA website is offline due to the 5PM EST DDoS attack.

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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby ejonesss » Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:25 pm

way to go anonymous!!!!!!!
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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby HEAT84 » Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:37 pm

IsoHunt is down too. Any relation to this? :shock:
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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby Psycho Ced » Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:21 pm

I'm sure it seems funny but the site will be back up at some point, so whats the big deal? Its gets to a point where the wow effect is wearing off. Does the RIAA really rely on their site for Business? I can understand if it was one of their egomaniac clients who can't tell their crazed fans about how awesome their drive to the mall was, but do people actually visit the RIAA website to begin with?
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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby ejonesss » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:53 pm

HEAT84 wrote:IsoHunt is down too. Any relation to this? :shock:



they are up for me.

it is probably coincidence or served by the same host that the riaa is or donated their bandwidth to fighting the cause.
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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby Dustin_D_Lense » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:09 pm

I agree, its a waste of time going after RIAA as they are little more than an industry mouth piece doing its paymaster's bidding.

They should be going after promotional/publicity or revenue raising sites owned by the media companies concerned.

The Limewire case was nominally bought by Arista which is distributed by RCA and both are owned by Sony.

My logic would be that if Sony is complaining making unfounded claims its talentless roster of 'artists' and uninspiredformulaeic movies are losing money thanks to the internet. Anonymous should give them something to complain about.

That was what was effective in the Ministry of Sound DDos , the fact they bought down both its event/club booking system and its mechantising site causng real loss rather than any notional loss they had been bleating about (and I hope they are bought down for the duration of the next hearing too)
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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby xforce » Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:36 pm

well they are online now.
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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby jokster » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:06 am

taking down sites like RIAA et al is a statement in its self.
pulling sites like this down is a form of protest just the same as any other. when people take to the streets for a cause they do not have to be standing outside every branch of a bank (or whatever the target is) to get their point across. the RIAA is like the headquarters for all these monkeys so why not slap it up them?
while i can agree with Dustin on hitting them where it hurts (the pocket) i can see where Anonymous are coming from.
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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby forbuyfor » Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:09 am

Exxxxcelent.
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Re: RIAA and LimeWire - Both Are Offline

Postby voodoohippie » Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:34 pm

I think it would be more effective to either re route legit sites to Pirate warez/Music downloading sites as well. They had a chance with AEM (Ad Support Management) but decided to play God. So the moral is don't play God unless you can deal with the universe your trying to rule. In this case tech savvy file sharing freaks.
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