Megaupload was shut down by the federal government early on Thursday. Soon afterwards the hacktivist group Anonymous took responsibility for the take down of both the Department of Justice, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music Group websites.
“It was in retaliation for Megaupload, as was the concurrent attack on Justice.org,” Anonymous operative Barrett Brown told website rt.com on Thursday afternoon.
After the takedown of the RIAA, MPAA, Universal Music Group and Department Of Justice, Anonymous still wasn’t down. As the day went on the government’s copyright website at copyright.gov went down and 30 minutes later BMI, one of the major licensing and royalty websites fell as well.
It seems that this coordinated attack of websites may have been planned for the day after SOPA blackout day and that megaupload was just the icing on the cake, leading to one of the biggest hacker take down days in history.