FBI Probes Justice Department Website Attack - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FBI Probes Justice Department Website Attack

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - On Friday Federal authorities said they were investigating disruptions to the Justice Department website and threats to the site maintained by the FBI believed to be prompted by the arrests of four suspects as part of a far-reaching Internet piracy investigation.

The Justice Department website was back online Friday after being hit Thursday evening, shortly after the agency accused Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films, music and other content.

Before federal authorities shut down Megaupload.com, one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, a statement was posted saying the allegations were "grotesquely overblown."

A short time later, an alliance of hackers known as "Anonymous" claimed credit for attacks on the Justice site.

In a written statement, the Justice Department said its Web server had experienced a "significant increase in activity, resulting in a degradation in service."

"The department is working to ensure the website is available while we investigate the origins of this activity, which is being treated as a malicious act until we can fully identify the root cause of the disruption," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the four suspects, who were arrested in New Zealand, appeared Friday in an Auckland courtroom to begin extradition proceedings that could take more than a year. click here to read more

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