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Monday, September 12, 2011

Was Anonymous Responsible for Taking Down News Site?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

click to enlarge Anonymous wants to have control over the media's talking points
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Last week, we told readers about how the political news site Talking Points Memo mysteriously went offline after it published the mugshots of Anonymous hackers who had been arrested for their alleged attack on Paypal.

Over the weekend, Talking Points Memo Editor Josh Marshall confirmed the site had been kicked offline late Friday afternoon.

"As some of you may have noticed, TPM was offline and inaccessible for roughly eight hours starting just before 5 p.m. on the East Coast this evening. The site was the victim of a massive denial of service (DDOS) attack."

The company's site was knocked offline shortly after publishing the 14 mugshots of members of Anonymous, which it had received through a Freedom of Information Act request. The news site then put up a Tumblr page where it continued to update readers until the main site came back online this weekend.

We weren't sure whether Anonymous, the notorious hacking group, was responsible for putting the site out of commission. However, Marshall seems to believe that Anonymous "hacktivists" were behind the attack.

"We have no direct evidence of who is behind the attack.  Still, given that Anonymous's signature has been denial of service attacks, the logical inference is as apparent to us as anyone else."

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