Support for CISPA Brings Anonymous Attacks

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 8:00pm

ShutterstockAnonymous claimed credit for launching distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) against a number of high-tech trade groups in retaliation for their support of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

Anonymous posted a video showing the DDoS attack against the United States Telecom Association (USTA), an attack that the telecom trade organization confirmed.

“As an industry in the business of facilitating communications, we respect the right of those calling themselves ‘Anonymous’ to express their views and engage in lawful political advocacy. But by launching a cyber attack in an effort to coerce, intimidate and stifle speech, members of Anonymous are acting contrary to the very freedoms and Internet norms that they espouse. Ironically, by their actions Anonymous hacktivists underscore the importance of speedy action on the bipartisan Rogers-Ruppersberger legislation [CISPA] to ensure that the Internet remains an open and safe forum for all”, commented Walter McCormick Jr., USTA president and chief executive officer.

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Source: info security


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