HACKERS aligned with the global cyber-collective known as Anonymous have claimed responsibility for taking down the websites of the US Department of Justice and Universal Music Group in retaliation for charges levied earlier today by the agency against content-sharing site Megaupload.com.
Both Universalmusic.com and Justice.gov crashed and remained down as of 6pm ET.
Earlier today, the FBI shut down Megaupload.com and charged the site’s founders and five others with internet piracy crimes for running “an international organized criminal enterprise.”
“The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites,” a group affiliated with “Anonymous” wrote on its Twitter account.