San Francisco – The FBI is investigating the recent
denial-of-service attacks launched by a 4chan-connected group called "Anonymous"
against websites of anti-piracy or copyright-friendly groups including the
MPAA, RIAA, BPI and the U.S. Copyright Office, CNET News.com reported, citing a
source with knowledge of the probe.
The FBI is believed to have stepped up its
probe after an attack last week briefly degraded access to the Copyright
Office’s website, and is in contact with other victims of the attacks.
Spokespersons for Anonymous told CNET the attacks are
"motivated by protecting the free flow of information and that copyright
is a form of censorship."
CNET noted that a 23-year-old was sentenced last
week to 30 months in prison, for launching denial-of-service attacks in
2006-2007 against the websites of Rudy Giuliani, Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter.
(DMW previous coverage)