Anonymous, the global-collective hacking group has threatened to hit servers, including Xbox LIVE over the FBI take-down of MegaUpload.
Having already taken down websites that include those of the US Department of Justice and Universal Music Group, demands are now being made that if MegaUpload is not restored within 72 hours – The UN, Xbox Live, US Bank, Capital One, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube will be struck down.
Megaupload is an online Hong Kong–based company that was established in 2005 offering a one-click hosting service that was riddled with online piracy, a fault of its users and not the service provider. The site was shut down without due process by the U.S. Justice Department on January 19th, 2012 during an investigation into alleged copyright infringement. It’s worth noting that this has nothing to do with SOPA or PIPA which is a comletely separate issue.
MegaUpload says they’re going to fight back, as quoted by their lawyer Ira Rothken:
The company is looking at its legal options for getting back its servers and its domain and getting its servers back up online. Megaupload will vigorously defend itself. It is really offensive to say that just because people can upload bad things, therefore Megaupload is automatically responsible.
Anonymous have kick started a campaign dubbed #OpMegaUpload to get the service restored with retaliation attacks set to take place over the new few days. If you sign into Xbox LIVE and it’s not available – you know why !!
We are unaware of how Microsoft are dealing with the threat.