Anonymous strikes back – whitehouse.gov and DoJ.gov shut down
The day after dozens of websites protested proposed government censorship of the internet, the Department of Justice (DoJ) shutdown subscriber based upload site megaupload.com. The next day in direct retaliation the hacktavist group Anonymous shut down whitehouse.gov, DoJ.gov and FBI.gov in what Russia Today is reporting as the largest strike against US government websites ever.
Taking credit for a giant illegal attack US government sites makes you a target for the nations law enforcement agencies. But we have to wonder, is this even a real person we are watching. My guess is that these cyber-geniuses who can take down sites which are designed by very highly paid computer consultants to block exactly these types of attacks, can also generate a video image (albeit a grainy one) which can interview with Russia Today in real time (complete with smirk in mid interview) in a convincing manner.
But as my fellow communard dh points out, some quick google searching will point out that Barrett Brown is indeed a real person, multiple interviewed, on the run, has a 6 figure book deal with Amazon, is a former heroine addict and curiously has no Wikipedia entry (it was deleted).
It’s getting hot in here.