Anti-Piracy Outfit Received Bomb ThreatAdded: Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
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“Operation Payback” seems to be still ongoing, even after almost 2 weeks of DDoS attacks on different anti-piracy outfits and law firms like the RIAA and MPAA. In a supposedly connected event, a few days ago the office of the anti-piracy law firm called Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver (also known to many as USCG) was evacuated by the police after receiving a bomb threat. The company has been suing thousands of BitTorrent downloaders across the US within recent months.
It was the Indian anti-piracy group Aiplex Software that caused those DDoS attacks and “Operation Payback”, which involved over a dozen anti-piracy companies. Apart from efforts made to take down the sites of those outfits, many of them also received multiple prank calls and ‘free’ pizza.
After having attacked anti-piracy outfits like the RIAA and MPAA, the attention shifted towards the anti-piracy law firms, namely “Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver”. This company has launched thousands of lawsuits against file-sharers as the US Copyright Group, and is largely known for pursuing suspected downloaders of the Award-winning film The Hurt Locker.
The first attempt made against this law firm was a DDoS attack on its website, causing the site being taken down in a few minutes after the coordinated start of the attack. The company’s email server went offline as well. However, the problems for the law firm were far from over.
A few days ago the law firm received an email with a bomb threat. The employees of the company contacted the police, whose response was very swift: members from the Loudoun County Fire Marshall’s Office and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office were evacuated from the building.
After an intensive sweep of the office by trained dogs no explosives were found. The police, however, assured that they would investigate the threat further. Meanwhile, they said that the content of the threat email was uncertain and didn’t point at any specific reason for targeting the company. Well, those who are aware of the previous DDoS attacks don’t need a written reason to guess what it was. However, the police report states that no direct link can be made between the law firm’s anti-piracy efforts and the recent bomb threat. Still, the local police department offers a cash reward to those who is able to help solve the issue
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
October 20th, 2010Posted by:
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
|20 bucks says the email was sent by their own office.||
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