Anonymous, the infamous hackavist groups seems to have received a taste of its own medicine, for once. A hacker, known only by a Twitter handle (@AnonNyre) claiming to hate Anonymous has launched a Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS) attack on The Pirate Bay, a BitTorrent website used by many to distribute copyrighted materials illegally, and Wikileaks. The hackers claims to work for the FBI, which seems to be a bit farfetched, and justifies the attack stating that The Pirate Bay is a “Press release website for Anonymous.” The affinity of Anonymous for Wikileaks is well known.
However, The Pirate Bay has, at least in public, criticized Anonymous when it launched a DDoS attack against Virigin for blocking The Pirate Bay in compliance with a court order. This has prompted speculation that Anonymous itself may be behind the DDoS attack on The Pirate Bay, but the hackavist group has publically disowned responsibility. The Pirate Bay has also specifically ruled out Anonymous’ hand in this attack.
Although Anonymous has not been hurt directly, the fact that the hacker has targeted two prominent websites whose cause the hackavist group supports has ruffled many feathers to the extent that Anonymous supporters or members are working overtime to contact the hacker through social networking websites.
Anonymous, incidentally, for its part, has been busy last month on a DDoS attack spree. Apart from the Virgin episode, the hackavist group has taken down many UK government websites including homeoffice.gov.uk, number10.gov.uk and justice.gov.uk in protest against “draconian surveillance proposals” and “derogation of civil rights.” Anonymous also attacked the Vatican’s website for good measure, as it does not agree to its doctrines on birth control and abortion!