Anonymous Hacked Justice Dept., FBI Sites

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So much for staying Anonymous. The hacking group has admitted to crashing the Justice Department and FBI websites, after federal officials took down the popular file-sharing site Megaupload. Seven executives from Megaupload were indicted Thursday for disobeying copyright laws and protection, though the site’s attorney denied the charges. Hours later, the websites of the Justice Department and Universal Music and the FBI’s homepage all malfunctioned. Anonymous didn’t steal any information from the sites—the attacks were meant to flood the pages with more traffic than they could handle and were targeted at the Stop Online Piracy Act. The founder of an online think tank that works in tandem with the hacking site said Anonymous might also attempt to try to leak names of Congress members supporting SOPA.