Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

9/20/2010
11:56 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Piracy Activists Attack Entertainment Industry Sites

Distributed denial of service strikes hit Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America over the weekend.

19 Gadgets That Changed The World
19 Gadgets That Changed The World
(click image for larger view and for full photo gallery)
Piracy proponents created distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against music and film websites in the United States over the weekend, and threatened to launch a similar attack in the United Kingdom Monday.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) -- the major lobbying arm of the film industry and one of the most vocal foes of illicit file sharing of entertainment materials -- was down for most of the day on Saturday, according to piracy blog Torrentfreak. In addition, the website operated by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which combats music piracy, was offline for much of Sunday. Hackers have threatened to target the website of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) today, although the site was operating normally Monday morning.

"We brought them down the same way they brought down The Pirate Bay, with a distributed denial of service," the group said in message posted on the web. "They struck first, we struck harder."

Hackers used the 4chan message boards to share plans of the attack, dubbed Operation Payback. In addition to the music and film sites, hackers also last week took down Aiplex Software, a provider of movie-piracy prevention services.

"While it's claimed that Aiplex was taken down by a single attacker, the ongoing assault on the MPAA.org website is definitely a group effort. The site was attacked on schedule (9pm eastern time yesterday) and taken down in minutes," said enigmax on Torrentfreak.

The attacks were allegedly started as retaliation for comments made by Aiplex in an Australian newspaper. On Sept. 8, Girish Kumar, managing director of Aiplex, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the film industry hired his company to launch cyber hitmen on sites that host pirated movies but didn't respond to copyright infringement notices.

If sites do not respond to Aiplex's requests to remove links or copies of pirated movies, Aiplex launches a denial of service attacks, Kumar told the Herald. Movie companies that use Aiplex's services include about 30 Bollywood studios and Fox STAR Studios, a joint venture between India's Star TV and 20th Century Fox, he said.

Earlier this month, three adult content providers filed lawsuits against hundreds of people, accusing them of pirating the companies' content using the BitTorrent peer-to-peer (P2P) network.

For Further Reading

Adult Content Producers Take On BitTorrent Traders

Prosecutors Reduce Charges Against The Pirate Bay

Pirate Bay's '$675,000 Mixtape' Irks RIAA

 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/6/2020
Russian Cyber Gang 'Cosmic Lynx' Focuses on Email Fraud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  7/7/2020
Why Cybersecurity's Silence Matters to Black Lives
Tiffany Ricks, CEO, HacWare,  7/8/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-5974
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-08
NVIDIA JetPack SDK, version 4.2 and 4.3, contains a vulnerability in its installation scripts in which permissions are incorrectly set on certain directories, which can lead to escalation of privileges.
CVE-2020-15072
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-08
An issue was discovered in phpList through 3.5.4. An error-based SQL Injection vulnerability exists via the Import Administrators section.
CVE-2020-15073
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-08
An issue was discovered in phpList through 3.5.4. An XSS vulnerability occurs within the Import Administrators section via upload of an edited text document. This also affects the Subscriber Lists section.
CVE-2020-2034
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-08
An OS Command Injection vulnerability in the PAN-OS GlobalProtect portal allows an unauthenticated network based attacker to execute arbitrary OS commands with root privileges. An attacker requires some knowledge of the firewall to exploit this issue. This issue can not be exploited if GlobalProtect...
CVE-2019-19415
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-08
The SIP module of some Huawei products have a denial of service (DoS) vulnerability. A remote attacker could exploit these three vulnerabilities by sending the specially crafted messages to the affected device. Due to the insufficient verification of the packets, successful exploit could allow the a...