UPDATED: Anonymous Hacks FTC Consumer Protection Website To Protest ACTA

The anarchic hacking collective Anonymous took credit for a successful attack on Web sites belonging to the FTC. The attack, on Friday, was in protest for the U.S. Government’s support of ACTA, the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.[Story updated to include comment from the FTC.]

The anarchic hacking collective Anonymous took credit for a successful attack on Web sites belonging to the FTC. The attack, on Friday, was in protest for the U.S. Government’s support of ACTA, the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

[Story updated to include comment from the FTC.]

A number of FTC Web sites were offline Friday morning following the incident, with reports that Anonymous had defaced the pages and posted an anti-ACTA video on them. They included the consumer.gov, a consumer protection Web site, and business.ftc.gov, the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Business Center Web site. A post on the Web site Pastebin purporting to be a data dump from the hack included the user names and hashed login credentials for scores of FTC personnel.

An FTC spokesman declined to comment on the incident but said the agency was looking into the reports of a hack.

In an e-mail statement, an FTC spokeswoman acknowledged the hacks.

“The Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Business Center website and the partnership site NCPW run by the Federal Trade Commission were hacked earlier today,” the statement read. “The FTC takes these malicious acts seriously. The sites have been taken down and will be brought back up when we’re satisfied that any vulnerability has been addressed.”

The alleged attack on the FTC Web sites is just the latest targeted at government, law enforcement and industry groups, including those that are pushing for stronger laws to enforce protections on copyrighted materials. The group launched denial of service attacks following the takedown of the Web site Megaupload in January. Anonymous also posted a recording of an FBI conference call to discuss an pending case against alleged Anonymous leader Jake Davis (aka “Topiary”) and Ryan Cleary. A linked group also launched denial of service attacks against US stock exchanges including NASDAQ.

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  • Anonymous on

    You can't protect everything from everybody with a feather up his/her ass, but you can kill the bastards when you find them. I advocate targeted assassination of any Anonymous members.

  • Anonymous on

    I believe they are just going after what they believe in just like the rest of us. No one is wrong for what actions they want to take because who has the right to say they are wrong...YOU lol I dont think so. I think they should keep doing what they are doing so the goverment knows that the people still have a voice and its not all about money all the time. I was neutral, but now I am starting to think everyone needs to have an oppinion.

     

  • Anonymous on

    To work for justice is one thing, but to destroy innocent people while doing it is another thing.

    What if you or your family were one of the innocents ?

  • Anonymous on

    perfect comment

  • Anonymous on

    If we stop having a voice. we are finished..

    We can never let them take that away from us..

    Everyday they try and chip alittle more away..

    some innocents will always get hurt in the fight for our freedom of speech and freedom from our oppressors. 

    A fraction of what governments, law officials, corporations get away with.

    the Net is the one last thing we the commoner have to express ourself and connect with the world.   And they will stop at nothing to take it from us.. to crush us and our spirits, divide and conquer to pump our heads full of their lies and agenda's.

    if you can't see the big picture and believe that anoymous only does bad. then you have already given up.

    All this goes beyond simple piracy.  Piracy is a cover for the plans they have. Control is their plan..

     

  • Anonymous on

      As wrong as it may be, at least someone is getting off their asses and trying to do something about it instead of being sheeple. 

     It was the rebels that made this country free, and now that corporations ruin...uh...run the country, perhaps we need some more rebels.....

  • Anonymous on

      As wrong as it may be, at least someone is getting off their asses and trying to do something about it instead of being sheeple. 

     It was the rebels that made this country free, and now that corporations ruin...uh...run the country, perhaps we need some more rebels.....

  • Anonymous on

      As wrong as it may be, at least someone is getting off their asses and trying to do something about it instead of being sheeple. 

     It was the rebels that made this country free, and now that corporations ruin...uh...run the country, perhaps we need some more rebels.....

  • futile on

    I think of the movie, "The Mystery Men" when I hear about Anon.  They think they're so much more than they really are.  Like the heros in the movie, they just get angry, fart and throw forks...not like it's really going to accomplish anything.  But, also like the movie, they're good for a laugh.

  • Anonymous on

    You can have a "voice" without stealing other people's work that they have a RIGHT to charge for...and you subsequently have the RIGHT not to purchase said items.

    You can have a "voice" without acting like you are automatically entitled to anything that you want just because you were born.

    You can have a "voice" while still actually WORKING for the items that you want.

    You can have a "voice" without trampling over innocent people or causing pain and inconvenience to large groups of innocent people all in the name of hurting a single entity.

    I wish all of these DBs would get a JOB, try VOTING, or run for office themselves...and hey...maybe think about other people instead of trashing all that's in their way because they think they're some kind of cyber Robin Hood.  Hacking other people's sh1t isn't an exercise of free speech except for maybe a f-ing moron.  You guys claim freedom of speech for your justification of hacking while ignoring the right of others to be free from unreasonable search/seizure which would sure as hell have a more accurate application than saying your ddos tool or exploit software is "speech".

  • Anonymous on

    Anonymous is protecting people from tyrants????? 

    ROFL!

    Anonymous isn't doing anything except making a spectacle of people for sport and hurting millions of innocent people in the process.  They don't seem like heroes to me, but like self-righteous wannabe judges who are too lazy to put in the work that would go along with TRULY helping society.

    Anonymous does NOT stand in the way between me and any kind of tyrant...but they DO stand in the way of my privacy and also drive up the costs of goods and services due to their theft of IP.

  • Anonymous on

    The person who wrote about "freedom of speech, and if we stop having a voice" is entitled to his viewpoint. 

    As far as I understand, and please correct me if I am wrong, it is still humanly possible to open our mouths and talk, or write something somewhere.

    It realy depends on what the voice is about.  Anonymous' voice, and  our own voice,  is about what we think is right.  The real test of a persons character is how we respond to other people's point of view.  The point was made that there will always be casualties, but again  I ask, 


    "What if it were you or your children or family"  would they be just a 'casualty',  Would you then lay down your grief and say, "well it was all for the best"

    If we want to punish oppressors, then if we hurt others in the process, we become an oppressor, and derserve the same outcome/punishment.

    The final question I would ask is this:

    "What if one of Anonymous' members became a casualty in the process ?"
    Again, please correct me if I am wrong, but I have seen Anonymous only retaliate when this has happened, not say, well that's life, there'll always be casualties for us.

     

     

     

  • Anonymous on

    Just another question, Counterfeiting is not good for anyone as it destroys lives and ecxonomies, so, why are Anonymous attacking it, if they are only wanting to do good ?

  • Anonymous on

    All the comments are anonymous

  • Anonymous on

    Attention Anonymous

    Why are you not hacking the Russian Chinese Syrian and Irans systems

    Our form of government ain't perfect but it sure in hell beats what's over there.

    Then again you and big business are the big threat to democracy.

    Jock!

     

     

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