For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction — and the Department of Justice found that out yesterday after shutting down the website MegaUpload.
MegaUpload — for those of you who’ve been out of the loop and aren’t good at the internets — is a website where people can share files and then download. That’s basically the gist of it, but you can download massive chunks of data whereas other sites only allow to do a little bit at a time. MegaVideo allowed for people to watch their favorite television shows without doing pesky things like paying for HBO and now the Department of Justice has decided that having a website where people can just download chunks of data willy-nilly doesn’t tickle them in special places. In fact, it makes it angry. So they’ve ordered a shutdown of the website and have started making arrests around the globe…of people who worked for MegaUpload. They’re not just arresting anybody, thankfully.
So, Anonymous, stalwart guardians of the internet, have noticed that where there was once a popular website encouraging trade of information, there is now tumbleweed and nothing. So they DDOS’d the Department of Justice, the RIAA, and the MPAA until their respective websites collapsed.
Thank you, Anonymous. For making the internet one of the last places that’s a true Wild West.