Anonymous knocks BMI website offline

By on March 9, 2011, 6:08 PM
The hackers collectively known as "Anonymous" have struck again, this time targeting the website of Broadcast Music Incorporated. The group reportedly forced offline with a large DDoS attack last night. Although the site remains inaccessible as of writing, BMI said it should be up soon and noted that the attack hasn't affected its operations. The firm also made it clear that its security wasn't breached, so no sensitive data has been compromised.

"We believe that this attack is part of their misguided campaign to attack creative rights," the organization said of Anonymous, who has accused BMI of stifling innovation. "Too long have the music and cinema industries, among others, abused copyright for their own gain," said Anonymous. "Legislation serves to protect artists not the companies managing them and should never attempt to prevent the spread of creativity to the general public."

The latest strike follows a month after Anonymous hacked security firm HBGary Federal and published 50,000 company emails in addition to other humiliating assaults. That attack prompted CEO Aaron Barr to resign and caused several firms to cut ties with HBGary. Anonymous has attacked various other sites belonging to MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, the Church of Scientology, the Westboro Baptist Church and the governments of Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Iran.

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princeton princeton said:

Misguided campaign. No it's quite the opposite. What's misguided is the actions of the companies that abuse these copyrights.

seefizzle said:

God bless anon

TJGeezer said:

Or you could say it's the actions of the U.S. House and Senate, loaded with politicians who work for the entertainment mafia not the people. And certainly not the musicians.

bonniesmith bonniesmith said:

These guys are powerful, not a surprise they did it. And there are always reasons from their side.

Guest said:

How come hacking attacks from China are always associated with Chinese govt and their IPs are traced down straight away but attacks by other hackers based around the Globe can even make statements about why they attacked etc. This is so not right. Every criminal should be treated the same way whether chinese or american or whatever.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:


Well it is not directly related, but a certian superpower 'like to have real/hard evidence' to believe in things, e.g. remember they directed their contractors/intelligence agents (from a rogue agency) to hack off ears of the people they killed in (you know what i am referring too) and bring them back to get paid?

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

Wish that someone somehow could tell Anonymous, that forcing your will on others and harming others using your hacking skills strictly violates "The Hacker's Code". Anonymous is nothing but anarchistic ruffians, crackers with skill but without sense.

Guest said:

Forcing your belief in "the hacker's code" is against "the hackers code".

Guest said:

It seems that Anonymous is just another vigilante group. We don't like what you are doing so we are going to attack you. I believe this is a very slippery slope.

treetops treetops said:

Rich people have money to attack what they don't like through campaign contributions. No ones getting paid in these attacks. I like this group, they do what they do because they believe in it. Unlike legal attacks which occur for corporations to make money.

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