We recently covered news that Demonoid, one of the largest sites on the internet for downloading copyrighted material has been shut down. Now, Anonymous, a large hacking group have said that they will get revenge for Demonoid by taking down the sites of the companies that brought Demonoid down in a series of hacking attacks.
Anonymous is known as a hacktivist community in the media. An activist will take action to gain what they feel they have the right to, and a hacktivist will do this by means of hacking, usually with DDoS (Denial of Service) attacks which send lots of data to a website at the same time causing it to crash and stop people from gaining access to it.
The websites that belong to the Ukrainian Authorities which were responsible for bringing Demonoid down, are the ones that are going to be targeted by Anonymous.
Ukraine’s Division of Economic Crimes only acted when they were contacted by Interpol, who are the International Police and pretty much rule the roost.
Interpol have stated that they have no further involvement at this time now that the site has been taken offline. Perhaps this will change if the hacking attacks on the sites begin.
The attacks are more of an annoyance than a true issue. They can only affect a website for a short time, and once the website is rebooted, it will function correctly. It is more of a hassle for hackers to cause the trouble than it is for the server to switch a restart. Sites that get affected sometimes go offline on their own accord for a couple of days to deter the hackers, but of course this is simply doing what the hackers wanted, and potentially for a longer time too, without any work on their end. We will keep you updated on how the Ukrainian Authorities react, or if any hacks actually do take place.