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Hackers attack FBI, Justice Department websites after Megaupload shutdown

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The hacker group Anonymous has taken credit for disabling several websites with a “distributed denial of service” attack in protest of the shutdown of Megaupload.com

Minutes after the U.S. Department of Justice shut down notorious file-sharing site Megaupload.com, the department’s own website was brought down in a cyber attack orchestrated by the hacker group Anonymous.

“The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites,” a member of Anonymous said via Twitter.

The group also disabled the sites of Universal Music, the RIAA, the U.S. Copyright Office, Broadcast Music Inc., the FBI and the Motion Picture Association of America in what it called its “largest attack ever.” By late evening, however, most sites were back online.

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