is was an ongoing campaign by members of Anonymous against major anti-piracy groups. Staged as a retaliation to many of their ongoing bully-tactic campaigns, they are most well known for staging successful DDoS raids against many large firms including RIAA, MPAA, ACS Law, AFACT, GMLegal, Ministry of Sound, AiPlex, and Gene Simmons.
Once upon a time, The Pirate Bay came into existence, and there was good. At last, there was a reason to actually pay for Broadband. Then came along the evil Jew-run copyright firms, and there was war. The RIAA decided to hire the wicked group of knights, AiPlex, to DDoS attack our beloved Pirate Bay. By using the interweb's own weapons against them, the battle lines were drawn. And so came to be Operation: Payback. They drafted this resolution and distributed it across the interwebs.
— An Open Letter from Anonymous
Using LOIC, IRC, and the power of 4chan and Anonymous, Operation:Payback was able to bring the RIAA down for about a day. This success carried over from the RIAA to MPAA and AiPlex, all suffering heavy downtime as a result of large scale DDOSing, using Hivemind mode LOIC to launch synchronized attacks. Soon after, with the added support gained from their original success, they attacked ACS Law and Daven Portlyons, AFACT, BPI, WebSheriff, DGLegal, and other anti-piracy firms around the globe.
The Raping of ACS Law
The largest casualty of the operation was ACS Law, the law firm responsible for sending out scare letters to Britfags who had their IP addresses mined from various torrent sites... or wherever the shitastic Logistep software (which has been known and proven by the US government to often detect false positives) that they use decided to get them from at that particular time of day. Thanks to the fact that the leet hackers running their website hadn't brushed up on their Computer Science in a while, the group accidentally provided unrestricted access to 3 months worth of email messages, IP lists, and financial statements when they finally managed to poke their heads out of the pile of shit that the LOICs dumped on their servers. All are now freely available on the tubes, in both torrent and direct link form, for your reading pleasure.
Not surprisingly, the emails reveal that the firm's only registered lawyer and main partner, Andrew Crossley, is a greedy douche who couldn't care less about the poor defenseless artists and filmmakers that he claims to protect and is more interested in threatening to sue people almost at random to get the firm out of debt, buying himself a luxury car (a Jeep is fine too), threatening human rights and charity organization Which? with baseless lawsuits for "slander", firing any female employees that wouldn't suck his tiny dick, and arguing with his basement-dwelling ex-wife. Not surprising considering the Solicitors Regulation Authority has come down on his ass twice for "unbefitting conduct" and is about to hand his ass to him a 3rd time at the time of this writing.
(Interesting Fact: The firm does not send letters to people who get their tubes access from TalkTalk and Virgin Media. They wouldn't cooperate with the firm and drop their customers' dox.)
Shortly after, Privacy International, a human rights group that smelled the blood in the water, released a statement saying that it is seeking to pursue legal action against the firm for the numerous breaches of privacy due to the email leaks and the fact that the internet now has a list of a couple thousand people who supposedly use torrent sites to download granny porn. Considering that the only court cases the cockmunchers have won are ones where the defendant failed to appear and even people in the music industry and the House of Lords think they are a bunch of blackmailing scumbags, this doesn't bode well for the firm or Andrew Crossley's bank account. Still don't care now, Crossley?
Successor of ACS: Law? Bring it on!
After the Gallant Macmillan Law firm decided to go the same route as ACS: Law in demanding the disclosure of suspected pirates' identities from ISPs, those involved with Operation: Payback wrote and delivered a public message in the form of a speech on October 2nd, 2010. “ The Gallant Macmillan Law firm has committed many crimes recently, all of them ignored; ignored by everyone except us. We, the people, will not allow this to continue. They have declared themselves our enemies by sending out thousands of blackmailing letters against innocents, seeking compensation for copyright infringements that don't exist.
— The People Are Standing Up
Unlike ACS Law's crack team of hackers, GMLegal's web monkeys actually took advantage of the advanced warning and took the main website off of the server before the attack was set to begin. An hour before the LOICs were set to fire, GM's DNS records were changed to point to 127.0.0.1. This was interpreted as an act of surrender and Anonymous continued its reign of packets minutes later with the Ministry of Sound's (GMLegal's client) website.
Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound is an independent UK music label that has declared war on file-sharing, working with law firm Gallant Macmillan to mess with the intertubes.
On October 4, Anonymous fought back.
—David Rowley, on Facebook
Needless to say, the Ministry of Sound lost some revenue that day. Moreover, curious fans encountering the downtime discovered that this record label would sooner plug their intertubes with smegma than lose profits.
English-speaking countries are not the only ones beset by evil copyright-touting profit whores. In Spain, the Ministry of Culture and Sociedad General de Autores y Editores decided to get in on the action. Anonymous, being the heroes of justice they are, decided to teach them a lesson. On October 7, 2010, sgae.es came down on its knees a full two hours ahead of schedule, much like a loli in desperate need of a deep dicking.
In an ensuing shitfit of angst, the Spanish media rickrolled their viewers:
Moar info: Gene Simmons
You know what to do.
Andrew Jonathan Crossley Office: 20 Hanover Square London W1S 1JY Phone: +44 20 7193 2493 Fax: +44 20 7990 9099
Home address and number removed as INCORRECT ANDREW CROSSLEY Thanks
Office Company name: Aiplex Software Pvt. Ltd. Address: No. 2943/E, 1st floor, Opp Maruthi Mandir, Service Road, Vijayanagar, Bangalore - 560 040, Tel: +91 80 2330 5411/12/13 Mobile: +91 98451 28280 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Yellow Pages listed email: [email protected] Yellow Pages listed website: http://www.aiplexsoft.com
CEO: Girish Kumar DOB: 11 December Age: 37
Name Source: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7019847397?Anti-Piracy%20Company%27s%20Big%20Gun%20Is%20%22Denial%20of%20Service%22%20Attack
Unsorted Related Phone Numbers (either Girish or Aiplex) 91 98 451 28280 (mobile, matches Chronoms info above) 91 97 393 68832 (office, matches Chronoms info above) 91 95 386 66666 (what is this?)
Managing Director: Tim J Kuik Siriusdreef 28, Hoofddorp, 2132 WT Home phone: +31-(0)23 799 7870 Cell phone: +31-(0)6-20395800 Fax number: 31-(0)23-7997720 (business)
CEO: Anthony Robert Pisano office Contact Info Los Angeles 15301 Ventura Blvd. Building E Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 Phone Number (818) 995-6600
CEO: Anthony Robert "Bob" Pisano home 526 Amalfi Dr Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 Mobile: Possibly (310) 459-6419 Undergraduate: San Jose State Univ Graduate School: UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall, Berkeley CA Member, California State Bar 1969-Current
Family: Carolyn J Pisano (Leonard?) Relationship: wife Residence: 526 Amalfi Dr Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 Email: [email protected]
Possible facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Carolyn-Pisano/100000627795218
Entirely unconfirmed: Saint John's Leadership
Robert T Pisano Residence: 26 Amalfi Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 *unconfirmed Ph: (310) 459-6419 confirmed Spouse: Susie Reitman *unconfirmed Marriage Country: Clark Marriage date: 1956-2005
House: * Year Built: 1952 * Last sold on 2/2/1983 * Last assessed at $846,005 on 2009
We are located at 1025 F ST N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004. You can contact us at 202/775-0101. [Source: riaa.com]
CEO: Mitchell B Bainwol
- Name Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/2008/8/riaa-ceo-mitch-bainwol-paid-1-5m-a-year-to-sue-crap-out-of-music
$2 million / year salary
Salary Source: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/070910riaa
Professional History Source: http://www.nndb.com/people/378/000159898/
Wife: Susan J Bainwol
Age: 50-54 Office: 1025 F St NW, Fl 10 Washington, DC 20004-1433 (202) 775-0101 Home: 8455 Lee Alan Dr Fairfax Station, VA 22039-2643 Household: Susan J Bainwol (wife) (571) 278-8840
Apparently a consultant at CLARK & WEINSTOCK? http://www.clarkandweinstock.com/
When Anonymous heard the news that Julian Assange was getting buttraped by the FBI and big corporations for releasing their dirty secrets, they couldn't resist giving a hand. Paypal, Amazon and Mastercard soon became a target for canceling Julian's accounts and freezing his money.
Hacker Geohots hacked the ps3, and Sony got butthurt over it and decided to sue him for over 9000 dollars. Anonymous, being the heroes that they are, decided to stand up for this young lad by taking down Major Sony websites. On the 16th of April, a worldwide protest was held, and Sony shat themselves over it.
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