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DDoS From 4chan Hits MPAA and Anti-Piracy Website 318

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ACKyushu writes "Say what you like about 4chan; when they want something done, it gets done. Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies. The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently, fell victim to a DDoS itself. They were joined in the Internet wasteland by the MPAA's website, which also fell to a huge and sustained attack."
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DDoS From 4chan Hits MPAA and Anti-Piracy Website

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  • And now... (Score:5, Funny)

    by DarkKnightRadick (268025) <the_spoon.geo@yahoo.com> on Saturday September 18, 2010 @05:58PM (#33622486) Homepage Journal

    Let the slashdotting commence!

    • Re:And now... (Score:5, Informative)

      by nmb3000 (741169) <nmb3000@that-google-mail-site.com> on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:07PM (#33622540) Homepage Journal

      Seeing as the Slashdot editor/submitter were too lame to include links themselves, I'll give you all a hand at, um, investigating these fine websites.

      Aiplex [aiplex.com]
      MPAA [mpaa.org]

      I actually didn't think the Aiplex site was correct at first, just because of how awful it is. Maybe they got into the "anti-piracy" business because they failed so amazingly hard at website design.

      • by catmistake (814204) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:18PM (#33622606) Journal

        ...because they failed so amazingly hard at website design.

        Great websites aren't designed. They are incepted.
        truly nice post, btw

      • Re:And now... (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Jester998 (156179) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:31PM (#33622698) Homepage

        Well, that's rather interesting... when I went to the mpaa.org site, it immediately got stopped by NoScript; it was trying to redirect me to a URL in the form www.mpaa.org/my.ip.add.ress

        Put on your tinfoil hats, everyone.

      • by HawaiianToast (618430) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:34PM (#33622730)
        FYI, Your links don't work. I've tried several times now...
      • Re:And now... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by matthewv789 (1803086) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @08:03PM (#33623158)

        I notice that the MPAA site has a "Report Piracy" form at http://www.mpaa.org/contentprotection/report-piracy [mpaa.org].

        As a member of the society that has granted copyright holders their limited, temporarily monopolistic usage rights, I am at this moment reporting the misappropriation of the terms "theft", "ownership" and "property" with respect to these rights and the content they cover. (They are violations because copyright is a social contract between creators of intellectual property and society, and any contract has two sides. The MPAA et al are violating their side of the contract.) I discovered these violations on their very website! Anyone else want to complain?

      • by kent_eh (543303)

        I actually didn't think the Aiplex site was correct at first, just because of how awful it is. Maybe they got into the "anti-piracy" business because they failed so amazingly hard at website design.

        Wow, I see what you mean.
        It looks a lot like a domain squatter/parking page.

      • Re:And now... (Score:5, Informative)

        by thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) <marc.paradise@gmail.cSTRAWom minus berry> on Saturday September 18, 2010 @10:30PM (#33623830) Homepage Journal

        Seeing as the Slashdot editor/submitter were too lame to include links themselves, I'll give you all a hand at, um, investigating these fine websites.

        Aiplex [aiplex.com] MPAA [mpaa.org]

        I actually didn't think the Aiplex site was correct at first, just because of how awful it is. Maybe they got into the "anti-piracy" business because they failed so amazingly hard at website design.

        Let's skip the web site design and just look at the content -- is this for real?

        Aiplex has a blend of technology savvy & process driven dedicated team bringing about a paradigm shift in rendering customized solutions to its clients. We have steadily grown in reach and service offerings with a favorable cost-benefit ratio & keeping pace with the emerging business needs of our customers.

        First - you're using "&" in the description of your business? Second, those sentences don't actually make sense...

        Now let's look at the <title> element of the web page:

        Medical transcription , Search engine optimization , AiPlex Software Pvt. Ltd. , MT & seo , Seo & mt , transcription services , medical transcription , medical transcription services , medical transcription work , medical transcription job , medical transcription company , medical transcription medical transcription karnataka , medical transcription india , medical transcription news , medical transcription offers , medical transcription company in bangalore , medical transcription company in india , medical , information , medical records , medical dictation , medical transcription night shift work , mt night shift job , mt work , mt jobs , mt careers , mt business , mt training , mt desk , mt daily , mt bangalore , mt india , mt 24*7 , mt company in banglaore , mt company in india , mt outsourcing , mt careers in bangalore , mt jobs in bangalore , mt hipaa regulations , mt hipaa compliance , out source medical transcription , aiplex , aiplex mt , aiplex mt bangalore , aiplex medical transcription , voice files , dictation , medical dictation , mt dictation , doctor voice files , patient record , patient charts , health care india , security in healthcare , security in medical dictation , Processing million lines a month , office based mt opportunities , home based mt work , home transcription , HT bangalore , aiplex home based benefits , mt career opportunities , aiplex guarantees 98.5 % accuracy , aiplex quality management system ensures customer expectations , toll free dictation , disaster recovery plan , attractive prize of 8cents per line of transcription , 360 degree machanism to deliver flawless transcripts , robust infrastructure for data back, data security & confidentiality , 12hrs turn around time ( TAT) , mt resume online , direct submission previlage at higher rates for HTs , enhanced benefits for enhanced targets , medical transcriptionist , proof reader , Quality analyst , Best MT company in bangalore.

        Alas, though they boast "SEO" in their title among other things... a search for "medical transcription" on google doesn't turn them up (at least in the first page). The I'm not usually a fan of this kind of "justice", but in this case the web was a slightly better place for the duration of this site's outage.

        On the other hand, if this is who the Bollywood (not the MPAA as TFS implies) employs to do their dirty work, then the only real concern is that torrenters will fall off of their chairs laughing. In the process they might collectively hit their heads on their power strips and take their dirty file-sharing systems offline.

        On the third hand, looking back through the press coverage of Aiplex, I notice that the *only* person who claims that Aiplex is working with Bollywood is the owner of Aiplex. This hints to me that their rather successful attempt to bltiz the media with their name has backfired in the most extravagantly perfect way possible.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by glavenoid (636808)

      Oh the irony.

      Wait, this is irony, isn't it?

    • by bcmm (768152)
      MPAA.org [mpaa.org] and aiplex.com [aiplex.com] both seem to be working at the moment.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by matazar (1104563)

        MPAA is down for me and aiplex is still trying to load.
        I'm in Canada though.

        • aiplex will only load the title and it just kind of sits there. Haven't tried the MPAA. While I legal torrent I don't like hackish (and amateurish) attempts at using more than web server logs to record my IP address.

    • by Goaway (82658) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @09:23PM (#33623546) Homepage

      It's so cute when people think Slashdot could still actually Slashdot anything.

  • Does anyone care? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Zironic (1112127) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:03PM (#33622514)

    Oh noes their website went down for a few hours, that's sure to stop all of their operations! Or not...

  • counterproductive (Score:4, Insightful)

    by TheSHAD0W (258774) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:04PM (#33622522) Homepage

    I think neither the MPAA nor Aiplex really care about about their websites getting knocked down; if anything, it gives them more publicity and lets them generate additional FUD about the dreaded "pirates". If anonymous members can't target more essential parts of their business with their attacks, they shouldn't bother.

    • Re:counterproductive (Score:5, Informative)

      by rotide (1015173) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:06PM (#33622538)
      Your mistake is in thinking that anonymous does anything for rational reasons or for anyones benefit. It's merely mob mentality and they do it for kicks.
    • by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:08PM (#33622558)

      I think neither the MPAA nor Aiplex really care about about their websites getting knocked down; if anything, it gives them more publicity and lets them generate additional FUD about the dreaded "pirates". If anonymous members can't target more essential parts of their business with their attacks, they shouldn't bother.

      I doubt that is the kind of publicity the MAFIAA seeks.
      4CHAN isn't just attacking their websites - they are mimicing the MAFIAA.
      If DOS'ing a website is wrong then why is Aiplex Software, a proxy of the MAFIAA, doing it too?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:12PM (#33622582)

      I think neither the MPAA nor Aiplex really care about about their websites getting knocked down; if anything, it gives them more publicity and lets them generate additional FUD about the dreaded "pirates". If anonymous members can't target more essential parts of their business with their attacks, they shouldn't bother.

      If 4chan manages to DDOS the official sites of the upcoming and just-out movies produced by MPAA members, they'll be hurt pretty badly. All of their ads, TV, web, printed, and so on, point to these sites.

      So DDOS van be a viable weapon, if that's how MPAA wants business done.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by DurendalMac (736637)
        Um...no. Most people don't give a crap about the website. They see the preview, the poster, and buy a ticket. On top of that, it's not like they can't get the trailer via Youtube if the site is down, assuming they would even go to that site for those few hours.

        DDoSing a movie site would do diddly squat to the bottom line.
    • by bertoelcon (1557907) * <.berto.el.con. .at. .gmail.com.> on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:33PM (#33622720)

      If anonymous members can't target more essential parts of their business with their attacks, they shouldn't bother.

      So should they do black faxes then?

    • by EdIII (1114411)

      If anonymous members can't target more essential parts of their business with their attacks, they shouldn't bother.

      Ssssshhhhh!

      The first wave of attacks was merely a distraction. General Pedobear is leading an attack through the backdoor to crush them once and for all.

      • *cough* Backdoor? *cough* Well, I guess RIAA and MPAA deserve to be backdoor'd. Go for it, General. Especially if it will distract you from some little kids for awhile.
      • The first wave of attacks was merely a distraction. General Pedobear is leading an attack through the backdoor to crush them once and for all.

        The general is talking about surprise buttsex, right? General Pedobear should be one of the most experienced in that field.

    • by nurb432 (527695)

      Correct, until the real pirates get a call to arms and go destroy the building and run the staff off the plank, this is nothing more then a cool stunt.

  • Well (Score:4, Interesting)

    by iONiUM (530420) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:09PM (#33622564) Homepage Journal

    At the very least, this should show the MPAA that no matter what kind of resources they have, 4Chan can muster the same or more. I mean, obviously this didn't have any short or long term effect other than someone probably saying "oh, our websites are down." But ya, if they are capable of this (with sheer numbers), they could be capable of more.

    Basically I'm for anything that scares the MPAA somewhat, or at least is a force fighting them, even if the "fighting" (in this case) is rather pointless and somewhat childish.

    • Re:Well (Score:5, Insightful)

      by DurendalMac (736637) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:32PM (#33622712)
      Are you really this STUPID? Can 4chan muster hordes of lawyers and effectively lobby congress? Anonymous is far too shortsighted to have any kind of lasting impact here. You're apparently one of them. A DDoS that brings their site down is nothing. It gives them more ammo to use against piracy when they lobby congress. 4chan isn't capable of more. They're rarely capable of anything in the real world, and that's where the RIAA and MPAA are hurting people.

      This is nothing. This is a "moral" victory for idiots who need to feel important online because they don't know how to do that in the real world.
      • by 0111 1110 (518466)

        How is it giving them ammo? Neither website was an important part of their respective business. They didn't lose any money over it. It's more symbolic than anything else. What we really need to do is figure out the IP addresses of the machines doing the DOSing of TPB and send them a few trillion nastygrams. DDOSes need to be responded to in kind. If it brings down half the internet (as in the Make Love Not Spam debacle), well good! That is the fucking point. This kind of behavior should not be tolerated.

        • Yes, because the MPAA/RIAA have never pulled costs out of their ass. "Look at what these miscreants did! They took down our site and it cost us (insert Pinocchio numbers here)! The government needs to crack down on this kind of hooliganism! Here, let us stuff your pockets, Senator Bedfellow..."
      • by 0111 1110 (518466)

        What we really need is a screensaver application to DDOS these bastards. Maybe Lycos could help code it. I agree that we have to keep our attacks up for at least as long as Aiplex does. Aiplex is an international Cyber-terrorist. Where are all of our so called cyber-warriors when we need them? If only the CIA were one of the good guys, the president of Aiplex would find himself facing multiple kiddie rape charges. Then the charges would be dropped and then reinstated again just to add to the publicity. Chil

  • by Gonoff (88518) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:10PM (#33622568)

    Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    In schoolboy terms "they started it!"

  • wrong target (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:20PM (#33622628)

    wouldn't it be more efficient to target Aiplex's and MPAA's gateway so that workers would have difficulty to "work"? If they don't use their own websites, they might have not noticed at all.

    • by Khyber (864651)

      No, they directly targeted the load balancers, which is much more effective.

      Wider area of splash damage.

  • The problem is collateral damage. Legitimate actors can't get into the DDoS game, because if they legitimize DDoS, the network will *fry*.

    The "good guys" cannot flood nearly as significantly as the bad guys. Worse, the good guys are significantly more exposed -- they have corpnets, they have partner nets, etc. Today it's the website, tomorrow it's Hulu.

    There are paths on which the anti-piracy people have the high ground (not moral high ground, tactical high ground). DDoS, in no uncertain terms, is not on
  • "Anti-piracy?" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by seeker_1us (1203072) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @06:40PM (#33622760)

    I wouldn't call the MPAA "Anti-Piracy."

    THEY would call themselves "anti-piracy" but they actually lobby for legislation that gives them control over content beyond what copyright law allows, in order to reap greater profits. They also try to lock down and control content delivery mechanisms and channels in order to maintain a monopoly.

    Not really an "anti-piracy" group.

  • Payback's a bitch.

  • What the hell is the point of DDOSing a company on a weekend? All the people who deserve it are out at their summer houses throwing their last party of the season. The only person who'll actually care is the poor networking flunky who has to come in on his day off or risk being fired.

  • Arms race, anyone? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by istartedi (132515) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @07:07PM (#33622912) Journal

    The only winners in an arms race are the arms dealers. In this case, that'd be bandwidth providers, security specialists, anybody who "helps" you in your attempt to win the fight.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    A casual trip through 4chan's boards found an interesting tidbit. They are planning another assault, on the RIAA now. It is planned for Sunday. Finding the details on 4chans boards should be trivial for any slashdotter. Just trying to be informative.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 18, 2010 @07:30PM (#33623018)

    Interesting seems like 200+ people are in a chatroom coordinating this right now.

    http://pastehtml.com/view/1b3tqp1.html

  • by TheGratefulNet (143330) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @07:43PM (#33623070)

    quoted from 'aiplex':

    Solution

    To eradicate piracy at its best possible, we strategically follow some of the best practices outlined below;

    Finding the links of the unauthorized content using appropriate software which co-relates the copyright / licensed material in any given format.

    Our 24/7 net vigilance agents & customer support team will have a rigorous check on video sharing communities and perform regular scrutiny for copyright deviation.

    A list of leading 159 video sharing communities where videos in any forms are uploaded will be on a rigorous check for any new uploads.

    We shall approach the service provider with the authenticated links of the pirated products being uploaded & appeal them to remove the content/file by issuing legal notice / request letter for violation of copyrights.

    Our 24/7 support team would also prevent the damage by issuing instant legal notices to the service provider & block the account for deviating copy right laws.

    wtf?? I mean, they seem like kids or something. not very good english for an 'official' net-sheriff (oops, that was another clown on teh intertubes, pardon me).

    I'm not impressed. sorry.

    • by symbolic (11752)

      I think it's because Aiplex is located in Bangalore.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by oiron (697563)

      Buzzword compliance... Look at the rest of their site for some Dilbert-esque lulz

      People :

      Aiplex is staffed by a strong, coherent, and well-trained team of 100 plus people who have witnessed a sense of growth that is unparalleled in the industry. We have nurtured an atmosphere of teamwork, commitment, and accountability enabling the team to meet business demands consistently.

      You've just "witnessed" a "sense" of growth? In other words, you didn't actually grow, you just "witnessed" something that feels like growth... After truthiness, growthiness?

      They also seem to be into SEO; sounds like quite a sleazy company...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 18, 2010 @07:56PM (#33623122)

    I wish I could mobilize 4chan dwellers and /b/tards in particular to go out and vote for their national Pirate Party come election time, but it appears the vast majority haven't reached the age of maturity yet...

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