Anonymous Knocks CISPA Supporters Offline

The Anonymous Internet collective is claiming responsibility for DDoS attacks that reportedly knocked offline the websites of prominent defense contractor, Boeing, and two trade associations, TechAmerica and USTelecom.

The Anonymous Internet collective is claiming responsibility for DDoS attacks that reportedly knocked offline the websites of prominent defense contractor, Boeing, and two trade associations, TechAmerica and USTelecom.

The website of TechAmerica remained down Wednesday afternoon. In a phone interview, TechAmerica’s senior vice president of Communications, Stephanie Craig, confirmed that the attack took place and that the company’s website remained offline, but declined further comment. USTelecom confirmed that they had been targeted by Anonymous with denial of service attack on Monday morning. The trade association believes Anonymous targeted them over their support of CISPA as well.

“We respect the right of those calling themselves ‘Anonymous’ to express their views and engage in lawful political advocacy,” said USTelecom president and CEO Walter McCormick in a prepared statement. “But by launching a cyber attack in an effort to coerce, intimidate and stifle speech, members of Anonymous are acting contrary to the very freedoms and Internet norms that they espouse.” Anonymous’s actions only “underscore the importance of speedy action on the [bill]” to keep the Internet safe and open for all, he said in the statement.

The attack on Boeing occurred around 3 PM EST on April 10, and was reportedly in retaliation for the company’s support of a controversial piece of cybersecurity legislation, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), according to an MSNBC report and an announcement on the YourAnonNews twitter feed

A Boeing company spokesperson, Todd Kelly, would not confirm the incident, saying the company does not discuss matters of IT security.

Online civil rights group The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been leading the charge against CISPA, the successor bill to the much-maligned Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which was defeated after a wave of protest. The EFF argues that while the bills may be well-intentioned, they invariably open the door for future corporate and government abusesYou can find a list of companies that support the bill here.

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  • Anonymous on

    "Anonymous’s actions only “underscore the importance of speedy action on the [bill]” to keep the Internet safe and open for all, he said in the statement."

     

    All, except Anonymous, of course.  [lies]

  • Anonymous on

    DOH!

  • Nexusflame on

    How is it supposed to keep the internet "open for all" when every time they introduce a new bill it consistantly shows a tighter lockdown on individual freedoms?

  • Anonymous on

    It is ridiculous for companies with all the money and power to get what they want to say the plebs (aka the 99%) should use lawful means to voice their views.  We do and these bills go ahead anyway.  Congress etc are in the service of their paymasters and their really is no democratic process in place.

  • Anonymous on

    “But by launching a cyber attack in an effort to coerce, intimidate and stifle speech, members of Anonymous are acting contrary to the very freedoms and Internet norms that they espouse

    what the hell does this statement mean, us telecom. just because u say something doesnt mean its true. you are trying to limit our freedoms. do u expect us to sit idly by and watch as our freedoms are curtailed.

    you have just joined the war, us telecom, but u have joined the wrong side. as with all wars, bad things happen so stop your whining.

    we are anonymous

    we are legion

    expect us

  • Anonymous on

    The people who support Anonymous these days seem to far outnumber those that hate them, at least as far as the internet's citizens are concerned.

  • ThePhreakyHelix on

    They are thoroughly convinced that they are going to win. The media, goverment, and whoever else supports bills like SOPA, ACTA and CISPA honestly believe that we are going to listen, and stop using torrents and p2p file sharing if they arrest a few of us. They really think that we are that stupid.

    We are NOT going to stop. If they want to moniter our activities, they won't find anything but a crowd of people screaming for privacy. If they want to block websites that we use, we'll just find ways around it. They can not stop the free flow of information. They gave us the technology, they should have expected that we're going to use it.

  • Anonymous on

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    Lol. They are really good represented here.

     

  • Anonymous on

    Anonymous should ACTUALLY read the bill before making assumptions. I can almost guarentee that none of the commentors have read the bill. They just go by what "they heard" from other annoying wanna-be so-called anonymous hackers.

    Anonymous needs to get a life... doing DDoS attacks aren't going bring a company down and stop working... and you don't have to be a hacker to do a DDoS attack...most 12 years old can do it. DDos attacks from Anonymous just means most of them (99%) are amateurs. They think they are making a difference... but your not. Anonymous get's their names put in all the news articles but nobody except you and the NSA know who you really are so what did you really accomplish? Get a life Anonaretards...you will never get what you want.

  • Anon on

    i see all the uneducated replies here that the Gov s helping keep us safe.. hahaha bloody douches ..
  • Anonymous on

    Serves those fuckers right... Who would want assholes spying on our privacy!? This isn't fucking big brother: America is supposed to be a country of freedom not a country of nazi's What right gives Congress and the Government to abuse our free speech?

    The internet is a place that holds freedom: for freedom, why the fuck the government thinks the protests were for? They should know they're got over a million hackers with ddos rifles and shotguns and if that weren't bad enough... They have over a million people who intend to start a rebellion against those who seek control over the internet...

    They understimate what "Anonymous" can do... Rather than spending to get control over the internet... Spend the money for improving countries rather than using money for something evil as Internet Law Domination! the government better get their fucktards head's straight...

  • Anonymous on

    hi

  • Anonymous on

    hi

  • Anonymous on

    So...these thugs keep saying that they're all for neutrality and free-thinking and privacy and tolerance, etc, etc, etc.  Why is it that when someone shows support for something that 'anonymous' dowsn't like, they hypocritically show their own INtolerance?  Suppression of an opposing viewpoint is their way of showing how freedom should be???  WTF?

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