There doesn’t appear to be any shortage of targets in the seemingly unstoppable onslaught of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that began by Anonymous early last month. Targets have included the MPAA, RIAA, US Copyright Group, GM Legal, and the Copyright Alliance. The most successful attacks thus far have been against the Ministry of Sound (MoS) and ACS:Law. The MoS was forced offline for several days, while ACS:Law suffered one of the most devastating data breeches in UK history.
So now the target of Anonymous is the IPO.gov.uk website – or the Intellectual Property Office. This is the first time Anonymous has targeted a government website, indicating a level of fearlessness considering the possible ramifications. As its name suggests, the IPO governs and helps protect copyrights and intellectual property in the United Kingdom.
“We are the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom.”
While Anonymous doesn’t seem to have any inherent ill-will towards the organization, their motivation for attacking the IPO stems more from the IPO’s alleged support of the system that has moved decidedly against P2P and file-sharing. According to Anonymous, they picked the IPO for “Perpetuating the system that is allowing the exploitative usage of copyright and intellectual property.”
At the time of this writing, there is only 45 minutes until the attack commences. We’re not sure what kind of DDoS protection the IPO has, but we’re about to find out very soon. This attack represents the first coordinated attack since the GM Legal attack – the attack against GeneSimmons.com was conducted by an Anonymous splinter cell that had broken off from the main group. This further indicates that even if Anonymous is brought down, factions within the group are more than capable of continuing the effort.