Anonymous has promised to bring down its wrath on the Ukrainian government after authorities were said to have taken down the file-sharing site Demonoid last week.
"Last week, our generous green friend, the Demonoid, was met with a state sponsored Distributed Denial of Service attack...These illegal actions were then followed up with a raid by Ukraine authorities," the hacking group wrote in a blog post on AnonPR yesterday. "In retaliation for your criminal acts against us and the free flow of information, we have already begun an operation against those responsible. Lazers are already being fired."
Ukraine-hosted Demonoid was taken down last week after local authorities contacted its Internet Service Provider Colocall. According to the BBC, officials then went to Colocall's office and copied data off of its servers.
However, Colocall said that it decided to cease Demonoid's service on its own accord. According to the BBC, it said the reason for the termination was due to a "combination of factors" and there were "too many issues for a single customer."
Demonoid was among the Web sites included in the U.S. "," which was created to identify "markets, including those on the Internet, which exemplify the problem of marketplaces dealing in infringing goods and helping sustain global piracy." The BitTorrent site was ranked in the top 600 Web sites in global traffic and the top 300 in U.S. traffic.
Anonymous said it will use "any means necessary" to restore Demonoid. "Where one has fallen, many will rise to take their place," it wrote in the blog post.
Here are its "#OpDemonoid" objectives:
- Restore Demonoid services by any means necessary and, if possible, facilitate a series of mirror sites operated by free Anons everywhere. In essence, open source Demonoid.
- Retaliate against those responsible for the interruption. And Lulz.
According to the BBC, several distributed denial of service, or DDoS, happened over the last week, but none of them has been lasting. Apparently certain Web pages on the Ukrainian Anti-Piracy Association, the Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights, and the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine were unavailable for periods of time but then were restored.