SINISTER hackers Anonymous have launched a massive cyber attack against US government and anti-piracy websites in response to the shut down of file-sharing service Megaupload.com.
The file-share site, one of the world's biggest, was taken offline by federal authorities yesterday and founder 'Kim Dotcom' was arrested in New Zealand on charges of violating privacy laws.
Almost instantly Denial of Service attacks overwhelmed the websites of the FBI, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Copyright Office.
Anti-piracy groups the Recording Industry Association of America (RPAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) were also targeted.
A statement posted on document sharing site Pastebin.com purportedly by Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attacks.
It read: “We Anonymous are launching our largest attack ever on government and music industry sites. Lulz. “The FBI didn't think they would get away with this did they? They should have expected us.”
The statement also included home addresses and phone numbers for the MPAA chief executive, Chris Dodd, and details of the organisation's corporate offices.
Megaupload hosted large files and was often used to store mp3 music and digital video files, but claims most of its users used it as a legitimate file storage service.
The site had high-profile support from celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and P. Diddy, who made a video defending the site.
But its executives now face charges for costing copyright holders more than $500million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content.
The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and three others were arrested in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials.
Officers also seized guns, artwork, more than $8million in cash and luxury cars valued at nearly $5million after serving 10 search warrants at several businesses and homes around the city of Auckland.