New 4chan DDoS Targets Hated Anti-Piracy Law Firm

Written by enigmax on September 22, 2010 

After all-out assaults on the web presences of the MPAA, RIAA and later the BPI, last night a new company was targeted in a new 4chan DDoS attack. Anti-piracy lawyers ACS:Law, one of the most despised and complained about law firms in Britain, had their website taken offline last night and it remains down “Account Suspended” this morning. TorrentFreak has spoken to one of the key figures in Operation Payback for the lowdown.

Sick and tired of the anti-piracy actions of large corporate entities, this weekend saw the angry hordes of 4chan coordinate DDoS attacks against the websites of both the MPAA and RIAA generating dozens of news stories and worldwide attention.

Although the international music and movie industries were targeted over the weekend, the attacks initially began on Friday against anti-piracy company AiPlex Software, who had earlier bragged about carrying out DDoS attacks against torrent sites. Ironically, their site proved very easy to take down.

Although a third assault against the UK’s BPI was unsuccessful (more on that later), last night another wave of attacks were launched. Anti-piracy lawyers ACS:Law, who send out tens of thousands of letters demanding cash-settlements from often innocent Internet subscribers, became the new target.

ACS:Law owner Andrew Crossley has already been referred three times to lawyers regulation authorities in the UK for his behavior and his company is the most complained-about law firm in their field. Widely despised for the work they do and the manner in which they carry it out, it comes as no surprise that they became a target in “Operation Payback”.

The ACS:Law website was easily taken down last night and remains down today displaying “Account Suspended”.


TorrentFreak spoke with one of the administrators of the IRC channel where Operation Payback is being coordinated to find out more about this and earlier attacks.

“[the IRC channel] is where the entire attack is coordinated – including the pastehtml page. When the time came to DDoS, we had a higher number of troops in our IRC channel than ever before (700 people). Despite this, remained online – of course, because of their DDoS protection,” he explained.

TorrentFreak was told that the choice to launch against ACS:Law last night came as the result of a vote among the operation’s admins.

“After announcing that this was our new target,” the admin explained, “the website went down instantly.”

So while the attacks are being attributed to 4chan users, is ‘Anonymous’ really to blame? We were told that they are.

“The vast majority of our users are recruited from 4chan, and all of the targets are posted on 4chan with their corresponding posters,” TorrentFreak was told. “Once an operation of this scale has been established, the central base of operation is never usually 4chan – it’s usually a chatroom, and commands from the chatroom are echoed back to 4chan.”

“The same thing applied with project Chanology and project Titstorm (where they took down the websites of the Australian government). I was there, in both, and have contacts with the organisers.”

Interestingly we were told that not everything has run smoothly in Operation Payback.

Although an assault against the UK’s BPI managed to slow their servers, it failed to take down the site. The lack of manpower to successfully carry out the assault was due to the IRC channel used to coordinate the assault being hacked, depriving the group of their central grounds for communication. This hacking wasn’t an isolated event either. So far, three of the group’s IRC servers have been hacked.

So where will this all end? The administrator told us that he simply doesn’t know.

Update: Andrew Crossley of ACS:Law has been speaking about the DDoS attack on his site. While noting that his site is now fully operational, he described the 4chan action as “typical rubbish from pirates”.

Update 2: Crossley’s site is back down again. Taunting 4chan is not a very smart idea at all. This could get messy.

Update 3:Site is crawling and barely up – but for how long?

Update 4: 3pm UK time and ACS’s site has been suspended again by their host.

ACS:Law/Operation Payback poster here.



127 Responses (Add yours or TrackBack)

1 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:19 by Anonymous

Please stop giving these people a soapbox, they’re an embarrassment. A bunch of pre teen skiddies who think that they can change the world with a DDoS tool that they downloaded.

2 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:23 by ytb

@1 Well at least they’re doing _something_ – what are you doing?

3 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:25 by demon

go pirates take them down don’t quit :D

4 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:27 by aarroonn

by that logic, Murderers are “doing something”….

5 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:31 by Anon

MAFIAA detected.

6 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:33 by Anonymous

We don`t think we can change the world. We can, however, cost them some money, get media attention and give them the finger. Also, there is nothing wrong with being a skiddie as lonmg as you don`t believe you are something else.
You don`t go and point at people who drive a car, saying “Lulz, these noobs think they ar l33t mechanics, do you?”

7 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:33 by Sander



8 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:34 by Anonymous

We don`t think we can change the world. We can, however, cost them some money, get media attention and give them the finger. Also, there is nothing wrong with being a skiddie as lonmg as you don`t believe you are something else.
You don`t go and point at people who drive a car, saying “Lulz, these noobs think they are l33t mechanics, do you?”

9 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:35 by devilsways

revenge is sweeeett!! :)

10 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:35 by dkong

hell yeah, keep on bombing themz xD

11 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:35 by x


12 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:42 by omfg

don’t see why this is “wrong”

i see this as a new form of protest, instead of going somewhere holding up sings and shouting something they a ddos’ing now

13 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:45 by westcoastpoppin

Fuck The Police, burn them down and then piss on the ashes.

14 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:49 by arg

you should use p2p based botnets to gather strength. :P 700 is low however you could easily get 36000 in a few weeks if you have any skill :P

15 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:53 by prototype

You could compare this to civil disobedience. Instead of chaining ourselves to an oil rig, we are doing to MPAA what they did to TPB (thru Aiplex).

They have already bought the politicians, and they ARE the corporate interests. They control what they must control, it’s just about continued expansion now.

DDOSing is not the whole answer, it’s just part of what we can do. The old form of protesting isn’t just for oldfags, newfags should go there as well. Take to the streets. Organize. Protest. Inform the public. The only way to win is through winning the public and overthrowing the elite, the powers that be.

16 Sep 22, 2010 at 09:57 by anon



17 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:02 by n0de

p2p LOIC ?

18 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:16 by eye-roll

oooo you took down a website, big frakking whoop, that is going to change absolutely NOTHING!

19 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:26 by Alex

Thanks TF for keeping up on all of this you guys are the best.

@1: we do it because we love TPB!

20 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:26 by get in

get in and help….stop reading it and be apart of it

21 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:31 by Alex

@14 I sent them letters in the mail today, we can all do it and flood the hell out of them!

22 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:38 by Erik Ernst

“So where will this all end? The administrator told us that he simply doesn’t know.”

This is just the beginning, the next obvious step is to utilize the fact, that our ranks are growing, the operations will widen and eventually sync with the efforts of other groups.

To those who say, this is just a farce etc. my argument would be, that you are looking at this from the wrong angle.

We all know that nothing will change, unless we make it change, ddos attacks wont change the industry or society, but it will change the groups and the individuals carrying out the attacks.

Our political movement was eradicated in Sweden, many of us are leaving the idea of parliamentary work all together.

Giving a young man/woman a simple choice and a button to push may seem symbolic, but its the first of many steps in a new direction.
Thats how one gather activist, not by demanding of people they should become programmers or laywers in order to participate.

Those of you who are obviously smarter than the rest of us, should add your intellects to the pool, so we become even better rather than acting all smug and fearfull.

Anons, dont give up the fight, unite across borders, ideologies and religion.

We are the people!

23 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:43 by Erik Ernst

Silly vid of the raid:


24 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:45 by TerribleTony

Well, if nothing else is acheived, they are at least waking the sleepers. Stop sleeping and wake up, because your website will be next.

If you sleepers continue on your merry way, you can say goodbye to Freedom of Speech, Expression, even Movement.

All those screaming and shouting about this should look very carefully at themselves, for they are the ones that are allowing our slide in corporate fascism.

25 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:54 by Anonymous

We nearly DDoS’d Metallica just for the irony of it.

Some people just can’t forget Napster. lol

26 Sep 22, 2010 at 10:56 by Max

We did it. All 7 of my YTMND users did it. Blame us. We are unpopular.

27 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:02 by P00

DDoS and see how far you all get.

28 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:06 by Anonymous

700 users is only enough to DoS a small site, like a VPS on a 10mb link.

In other words, these attacks are good against small sites like ACS-law, but wont be effective against bigger sites.
Not until a LOT more people join up anyway.

Also, the guy who runs that IRC channel is an asshole who doesn’t know how to set a IRCd to save his life. He will kick/ban you for if you say one word out of turn.

Fucking hypocrites.

29 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:09 by Anon

@ 26

We can get pretty far with it. Why?

30 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:19 by Anonymous

These so called script kiddies are fighting for a cause they believe in. No matter how insignificant or small their attacks maybe, the point is they now have a cause in which they can built upon. Not unlike some of the adults, who has been neutered, lied and screwed out of their tax dollars.

31 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:23 by Nick

This isn’t a way to fight for anything you believe in. Anti-piracy groups tarnished their reputations by resorting to dirty tactics, and now pirates are doing the same. Both groups look like competing criminals. GJ

32 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:24 by e21

think about that new bill the US are trying to pass

if that goes ahead and get made in to law it will not just be torrent or p2p sites they hit what is to stop them going after youtube, google, wiki etc

quote Senator Hatch

“Aside from the classic ‘pirate’ websites the proposed bill can be an effective tool to take the whistleblower site Wikileaks offline, the domain at least. After all, Wikileaks posted thousands of files that are owned by the United States.”

or other site they say are illegal.

Where is this gonna stop the US government think they are the worlds police more and more people everyday are becoming anti American, i know alot of American people and they are good hard working people but you guys need to wake up and see your government are ruled by the MAFIAA, riaa $$$$$ and other such groups email your leaders tell them you are not happy rise above all this and clean the corruption in your government as the USA think they rule the world should they not be whiter than white

33 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:32 by Oh No!

Oh No!

Somebody told the kids that they can’t push that button, or the house blows up… Now they are pressing it like crazy…


34 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:33 by moo

ACS website is up for me, as of 10:30am GMT UK time, damn it’s lucky..

35 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:41 by Andrew Crossley

All publicity is good publicity. My website is back and live. As it happened overnight, I was fast asleep and missed all the non-action.

36 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:44 by blast

Fire sharers and ANYONE else who wants freedom needs to get organized.
Is there a website, forum or anywhere where people can unite and take action?

If not I will have to start one, even though I have no idea how to build a website..

37 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:46 by demon

yeah i may be a pirate but the thing is i do happen to buy what i download when it comes out so STFU =)

being a pirate doesn’t mean your taking there money as many of us do happen to buy what we download i have over 500 gig of pirated content but as soon as its out for sale i buy it meaning they loose no money but gain it =)

38 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:48 by Kicks

this is the best f*ckin thing evar !!..knock em out ..don’t let em f*ck with us

39 Sep 22, 2010 at 11:53 by Boba Fett

Even if you think the DDoS attacks will harm ‘the cause’ in the long run, you’ve got to admit that ACS:Law deserve this more than just about anybody on the planet.

40 Sep 22, 2010 at 13:10 by Farts-darts

I’d rather see peaceful protests such as this, over violent ones.

41 Sep 22, 2010 at 13:23 by Minkfist

Crossley, if that really is you posting there up above, all publicity is not good publicity. Your solicitors company’s reputation is shattered and you are one despicable guy for what you’ve been doing. Do you think anyone outside shady copyright bunches will ever be happy to be associated with you again in the future?

This stink will follow you forever, we will see to that.

42 Sep 22, 2010 at 13:25 by Lulz

4chan and that entire anon thing is a joke. They were trying to DDoS a load balancer for a big hosting company. I’m pretty sure they have that shit DDoS protected. Nubs…

43 Sep 22, 2010 at 13:29 by

Well as the years progress, so do the way we demonstrate. DDoS has become a tool to protest with, and lets face it……quite an effective tool, even if they downloaded it from somewhere else.
It does get attention.

44 Sep 22, 2010 at 13:50 by Anonymous

IMMA CHARGIN MA LAZER, and getting more people to do the same. Together we can show these assholes and generate nice publicity.

45 Sep 22, 2010 at 13:53 by Clark

Apparently next is the BSA (“Business Software Alliance”), which is a cabal of companies like Apple, Adobe, MSOFT, Oracle, etc…. who go use shakedown tactics & “whistleblower” tactics to take down 5-man shops with a double-installed copy of software.

You don’t fuck with the Internets!

46 Sep 22, 2010 at 14:03 by BAN ACS:LAW from the UK

Fellow pirates, take note of the following:

“`Andrew Crossley, the head of ACS:Law, told The Register the attack was “typical rubbish from pirates”.

“Big whoop,” he added.

“It was only down for a few hours. I have far more concern over the fact of my train turning up 10 minutes late or having to queue for a coffee than them wasting my time with this sort of rubbish.”“`

OF COURSE these DDoS’s aren’t going to ‘change’ anything, but it’s showing these idiots that we can always pull together and they need to WASTE MONEY to protect their webservers.


47 Sep 22, 2010 at 14:05 by bbnz

Ahhh they deserve it Good on ya anonymous =]

48 Sep 22, 2010 at 14:06 by anons

ACS is back up now, 13:00 BST.

DDoS those fu.cks.

49 Sep 22, 2010 at 14:13 by Anonymous

If my country the USA passes the bill they are talking about then I hope that these DDOS is just the mildest type of protest this world will see.
Imagine millions of P2P’erss all doing something together against any targets that are picked.

I am for this and still remember super glueing bank doors in protest as well as Government doors.That was all part of the protesting we were doing in the 1970′s.

This is the same thing.Instead of super glue we use network tools to close their doors.

They all deservere it the scumbag big content and my lame government

50 Sep 22, 2010 at 14:14 by tniaptsaoT

51 Sep 22, 2010 at 14:23 by Hickster

@33 Doubt you are the REAL Crossley, you usually post under a different name on forums don’t you!

52 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:00 by 'puterman

@4 aarroonn

by that logic, Murder is equated with a DDOS…

53 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:09 by Realist

Operation Frankenstein. Go burn the datacenter down if you want attention. lulz

54 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:10 by Hotblack

@ 35: maybe you should consider stop supporting the music industry by buying their shit. and instead support the artists directly (which you already do, i suppose). don’t feed those trolls. that would be an effective form of protest.

55 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:11 by BIOS HazarD

There is no way that crossley really posted… Stop feeding the trolls.

56 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:12 by Anonymous is down.

57 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:28 by alexander

if I knew that all my money were about to go to the artist, then I wouldn’t have any problem with paying for some of the songs

nowadays I hate music industry, because it’s nothing more than an industry, all they care about is money and not music art itself

you can see now many old people are wondering what the hell has happened to music, the answer is obvious, mpaa, riaa, acs law, and all the similar companies have destroyed music and artists.

Remember lily allen who said “I can’t create music unless you pay for my songs”, this is why music is crap nowadays, I don’t need these artists, no one wants these artists, because no one likes greedy people.

58 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:35 by Ralonto

It probably won’t take too long until its back up but its good to make statements like this. Plus it gives a degree of satisfaction to people who already feel that they’re not being listened to and being abused. Tell ‘em how it is lads!

59 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:42 by Ralonto

“It was only down for a few hours. I have far more concern over the fact of my train turning up 10 minutes late or having to queue for a coffee than them wasting my time with this sort of rubbish.”

Lol, the fact that he is at all concerned about having to stand in a queue for coffee already indicates what kind of person he really is.

60 Sep 22, 2010 at 15:48 by Anon

a lawyer isnt going to care about his website,
you need to target the mail servers

61 Sep 22, 2010 at 16:02 by noko

*looks @ #1*

Andrew Crossley detected…

62 Sep 22, 2010 at 16:35 by Anonymous

>59, considering that the ACS site is sitting on a simple CPanel box, I have a feeling that it’s mail servers are there as well. At least for the domain.

63 Sep 22, 2010 at 16:36 by Ano

I don’t like the MAFIAA and all its crap but it’s supporting them in saying pirates are bad.

And 4chan is a bunch of idiots anyway, I went there once and never went back again, I’m staying on 2ch.

64 Sep 22, 2010 at 16:48 by Anonymous

We are somewhat like an Anti-Anti Piracy Group. We have done much less legally speaking than the ones who we are protesting against have.

As for the first comment, we like to keep it simple, if we had a fifty step long list of instructions, how much manpower do you think we would really have? Surely nothing that could even amount to what we have now. I would also like to add we have other people with much more powerful tools and networks, but the more people we have participating the better.

65 Sep 22, 2010 at 17:19 by liquidmonkey

this great!
keep it up!
and i sooooo want in!

66 Sep 22, 2010 at 17:38 by DJDANK

Too bad we can’t DDOS these scumbag arseholes off the face of the fukin earth for good! Too bad it’s just a website that gets destroyed!

67 Sep 22, 2010 at 17:47 by Yum

Please stop giving these people a soapbox, they’re an embarrassment. A bunch of pre teen skiddies who think that they can change the world with a DDoS tool that they downloaded.

there is m Teen too… it? no age, it? payback time… LOIC LoL.

68 Sep 22, 2010 at 17:54 by Dolby12

Should be doing DNS attacks instead of attacking their IPs. They can change their IPs at any time (although, we’ve pretty much ran out of IPv4 addresses) so the attacks won’t last long; changing your domain name in my ind would be much more difficult. But if these attacks were targeted at DNS servers that are resolving the actual names, that would do a lot more damage. Can’t resolve to a name, your screwed.

69 Sep 22, 2010 at 17:54 by Whatever

I agree. But then for about 2 weeks at least, the longer the better.

If they have any other business besides blackmail, it could even destroy their business.

(Wonder how they are going to explain missing documents to the judge)

70 Sep 22, 2010 at 17:57 by Anonymous

iTunes is next – Hit them where it hurts !

71 Sep 22, 2010 at 18:07 by Anonymous

Except those are way better protected and if you get 1 down a whole lot of sites are down…

72 Sep 22, 2010 at 18:11 by Anonymous


73 Sep 22, 2010 at 18:17 by What Huh

Nice… pirates resorting to federal crimes to support federal crimes. Lol.

74 Sep 22, 2010 at 18:27 by Ryan

As of 17:25 BST axs law is down :D
Go 4chan!

75 Sep 22, 2010 at 19:18 by THE GREATONE

this is retarded kids playing with internet tools hope they get catch how about you idiots get a life and have sex or something you guys have nothing to do

76 Sep 22, 2010 at 19:20 by ACS:Law is a SCAM

ACS Law featured/investigated on BBC The One Show:

Respect to the BBC for the support!

77 Sep 22, 2010 at 19:23 by Andrew Crossley is a scammer

#74 “THEGREATONE” sounds a lot like Andrew Crossley — a loud mouthed, yobbish, selfish piece of trash who thinks he’s above everyone else and the law.

Sharing online = beneficial to society and the world as a whole.

Threatening and scaring people while raking in $$$ for your greedy, jumped-up self = WRONG.

78 Sep 22, 2010 at 19:45 by Anonymous

“anti-piracy company AiPlex Software, who had earlier bragged about carrying out DDoS attacks against torrent sites. Ironically, their site proved very easy to take down.”

Aiplex should have shut their big month.

79 Sep 22, 2010 at 19:48 by THE GREATONE

It’s stealing when you are cracking softwares like adobe Photoshop and boasting about never have to buy these stuff. The only thing is legal and sharing here is movies music and eBooks. The rest which deals of cracking stuff like games and softwares are illegal.

80 Sep 22, 2010 at 19:56 by Anonymous


“Please stop giving these people a soapbox, they’re an embarrassment. A bunch of pre teen skiddies who think that they can change the world with a DDoS tool that they downloaded.”

Shut up you peephole you fool!

The next thing that will happen next is physical attack!

You don’t understand how made are these people at you.

81 Sep 22, 2010 at 19:58 by Maroan

It would be funnier to hack the site and write a message like “Taken down by The People”… ;-)
Though some people find these Ddos attacks childish, it might interess people to find out why these attacks are going on and thats a good thing…

82 Sep 22, 2010 at 19:58 by Anonymous


Stop Trolling! This is dangerous!

83 Sep 22, 2010 at 20:20 by Anonymous

“by that logic, Murderers are “doing something”….”

They definitively do.

84 Sep 22, 2010 at 20:23 by jooosh

LOL!! I can’t help but laugh at all of this. It just makes my day to see fellow “pirates” fighting back!! Will it solve anything? Probably not, but it’s a start to show the MAFIA and anyone else that we’re fed up with all the bullshit!!

85 Sep 22, 2010 at 20:28 by Anonymous

keep trying accessing with your browser to help a little bit with the Ddos!

86 Sep 22, 2010 at 20:33 by THE GREATONE

So tell me lol are these people losing money. When there site gets ddos lol pure idiots, and people who needs a life. These guys are losers.

87 Sep 22, 2010 at 20:37 by Hom3r

and to repeat myself:
This will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. There is no point in DDoSing a website that no one visits, and isn’t important to anyone. Even if it was down for months, the RIAA will still continue to do what it does. The only thing this will accomplish is to have a bunch of retarded no lifes use LOIC and think their making a difference and winning, while one or two people with a real botnet take the site down. As soon as the real botnets stop, the site will come back up.

How about instead of wasting your shitty connection on a pointless DDoS, use it to share some music/movies/games/whatever.

88 Sep 22, 2010 at 20:43 by THE GREATONE

I am saying the same thing dude. These kids needs to go to school and learn something good that makes sense. Really if you have a brain you would know this is retarded and doesn’t do anything to the anti piracy groups! They still will get your ip and issue out letters.

89 Sep 22, 2010 at 20:50 by Maxx Ormis

This idea works in much the same way as a protest – in practicality it does very little but as a protest method it works fine.

90 Sep 22, 2010 at 20:56 by THE GREATONE

its called a restarted protest cause it does nothing!!!

91 Sep 22, 2010 at 21:31 by Anonymous


“How about instead of wasting your shitty connection on a pointless DDoS, use it to share some music/movies/games/whatever.”

And that wouldn’t accomplish anything, either, since it’s that freedom that’s being attacked.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

92 Sep 22, 2010 at 21:42 by Temp

@85: Customers try to access the site, site is unavailable, site owner lose clients who think that the company owning the site are amateurs who can’t even have a working website and/or that the website is so slow that it must have been coded by morons. If the attack persist, the media hears the news and make good headlines about how the site owner is getting beaten up by a bunch of pirates and how the hunter became the hunted.

Anyone with anything but a room temperature IQ could have figured this one out. Apparently, you can’t.

93 Sep 22, 2010 at 22:07 by THE GREATONE

lol but no one goes on these sites, So anyone with a brain would know this is useless you people acting like they ddos Microsoft or iTunes.

94 Sep 22, 2010 at 22:21 by Fred

4chan is attacking the wrong targets. The RIAA & MPAA are front organizations to do the dirty work for the big media companies like Sony, Universal, Warner & EMI.

Unless they affect sales from those groups all of these 3rd party front men are effectively doing their job of taking the negative attention away from them.

95 Sep 22, 2010 at 22:24 by Anonymous


I purchased my copy of Photoshop for about $3 at a thriftshop. I didn’t pay Adobe one single stinking cent for it(and I will never pay those bastards for anything, ever, I might add).

So does that mean I stole it? According to your logic… Yes. It does.

OMG! BAN THRIFTSHOPS! THEY ARE HOUSES OF DIRTY, DIRTY THEFT! Infact they’re even worse than torrent sites, because at least torrent sites don’t have the nerve to SELL their wares for profit like thriftshops do!

This is a travesty!

96 Sep 22, 2010 at 22:50 by Temp

@93: Well, if this wasn’t working, why are you here begging everyone to leave those poor media cartel lawyers alone…

The simple fact is that even someone like you can understand (I hope) that it costs absolutely nothing for the people doing the attack while it’s not exactly the same for the target. And this, assuming that the target don’t care that their website is down and don’t care either that the whole thing make them look like hapless idiots… You certainly don’t mind looking like one, but they probably do.

97 Sep 22, 2010 at 23:08 by THE GREATONE

lol @93 only kids do foolish stuff.
This is far from foolish, it’s called stupidity. Alot of you stupid people are online. Doing these stuff is child’s play i dont think you people have a love life or should i say a life

98 Sep 22, 2010 at 23:10 by THE GREATONE

lol i meant @96 was laughing my ass off

99 Sep 22, 2010 at 23:38 by errr

4Chan are doing more harm than good. At the next court hearing when ACS look for a new court order the conversation will look like this:

Judge: …but these are people being falsely accused, innocent people, surely?

Andrew: No they are not, these are a bunch of internet criminals, anarchists that wish to take down the internet, thiefs.

Judge: Proof?

Andrew: Hands over torrentfreak article and others

Judge: Oh you are right. Court order granted. Thank you for taking these people on. We can’t have these people doing as they please.

Well done.

100 Sep 22, 2010 at 23:47 by Ninja

LOL! You know, there are newspapers here claiming that it was an organized group referring to the anonymous masses as if they were some sort of guerrilla lmao!

They do need some sort of coordination to act but it’s fairly safe to tell that there are a whole freakin lot of individuals helping.

Also, it should be noted that the actions were mainly coordinated in the bizarre /b/ section and that this section is NOT 4chan as a whole, it is part of it.

Although I believe other 4chan parts and even ppl who heard from 4chan users but don’t use 4chan participated here.

These protests have shown, along many other things, that the media is pretty clueless of what’s happening in the internet. If people that should be aware of what they write are doing it wrong then it’s not a surprise the ppl in charge of trials and laws are clueless and easily influenced by fake studies…

I hope they keep going and other forums and communities join them. Although, seeing how France ants to screw up millions of French ppl with that Hadopi idiocy, I don’t think numbers count here. Unless the numbers are in $.

101 Sep 22, 2010 at 23:52 by Ninja

In time: not that I condone the use of ddos. But at this time, as a form of protest it seems ok to me. In this right and wrong discussion we can’t say that MAFIAA and Governments in general have been all nice, legal and open for discussion… Just a thought. One should receive in the same coin in some cases.

Let us see how it develops!

102 Sep 23, 2010 at 00:37 by Anonymous

Sitting in the chatrooms watching and reading all the action… unbelievable! I have never had so much fun and been so proud!

There were so many different kinds of weapons being created and passed around, you really cant even add up the damage these people could really do if they wanted to.

“The Pirate Bay, The Unsinkable Ship!”

May the flags fly high forever….

103 Sep 23, 2010 at 00:55 by 1029384756

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104 Sep 23, 2010 at 03:36 by Anonymous

Silencing oppression is necessary

105 Sep 23, 2010 at 03:36 by Anonymous

@99 errr

“Judge: Proof?

Andrew: Hands over torrentfreak article and others”

You are dreaming. This is not a proof of anything.

106 Sep 23, 2010 at 03:45 by anonymouse

Somebody ought to make one of those Hitler videos with the head of ACS:Law, RIAA, or MPAA regarding Operation Payback. That would be golden.

107 Sep 23, 2010 at 05:33 by Anonymous

Here’s the whole gang, anyone care to send them a tribute?

Oh the lulzzz!!!

108 Sep 23, 2010 at 08:28 by Anonymous


America, Land of the free and the lazy… Just stepped it up one more notch.

109 Sep 23, 2010 at 08:45 by some dude

For once i applaud 4chan greed and we shall sink their laws.and shove um up their greedy asses lol.

famous quotes of braveheart plays braveheart music!!!

William Wallace: Every man dies, not every man really lives.

William Wallace: We all end up dead, it’s just a question of how and why.

William Wallace: They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our FREEDOM!!

William Wallace: There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.

William Wallace: It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.

William: We’ll make spears. Hundreds of them, long spears. Twice as long as a man.

One of my favorite films.

110 Sep 23, 2010 at 08:50 by some dude

@ 108

I’m not lazy please define which Americans you mean since it was those French English and all those other bloodsuckers that thought they could walk on my land.

111 Sep 23, 2010 at 10:01 by Common Man

It reminds me of that classic by Peter Kropotkin ‘The Spirit of Revolt’, which I take the liberty to quote below:

In the midst of discontent, talk, theoretical discussions, an individual or collective act of revolt supervenes, symbolising the dominant aspirations. It is possible that at the beginning the masses will remain indifferent. It is possible that while admiring the courage of the individual or the group which takes the initiative, the masses will at first follow those who are prudent and cautious, who will immediately describe this act as “insanity” and say that “those madmen, those fanatics will endanger everything.”

They have calculated so well, those prudent and cautious men, that their party, slowly pursuing its work would, in a hundred years, two hundred years, three hundred years perhaps, succeed in conquering the
whole world, – and now the unexpected intrudes! The unexpected, of course, is whatever has not been expected by them, – those prudent and cautious ones! Whoever has a slight knowledge of history and a fairly clear head knows perfectly well from the beginning that theoretical propaganda for revolution will necessarily express itself in action long before the theoreticians have decided that the moment to act has come. Nevertheless the cautious theoreticians are angry at these madmen, they excommunicate them, they anathematise them. But the madmen win sympathy, the masses of the people secretly applaud their courage, and they find imitators. In proportion as the pioneers go to fill the jails and the penal colonies, others continue their work; acts of illegal protest, of revolt, of vengeance, multiply.

Indifference from this point on is impossible.

112 Sep 23, 2010 at 11:47 by Anonymous

@1 uploading bitch slap…

113 Sep 23, 2010 at 14:39 by 1337

How do I DDoS ‘em on a Mac? Javaloic crashes. >.<

114 Sep 23, 2010 at 15:02 by Drew Crossley

ACS Law’s website has been IP-less for about 16 hours now (and of course down before that). Their host has given them the boot.

There was rumours of a cPanel exploit taking place before that.

Andrew Crossley’s dox have been leaked too. It would appear he’s living it up while fucking the rest of kind humanity over.

115 Sep 23, 2010 at 15:15 by anarchy now

down with capitalism

pirates is people

116 Sep 23, 2010 at 15:18 by Anonymous


117 Sep 23, 2010 at 16:12 by elementofprg

i wonder who was responsible for the DDoS attacks on demoniod a few months back and more recently RLSLOG.

118 Sep 23, 2010 at 16:51 by RUOK

Andrew Crossley’s dox’s have been leaked.Appear he’s living it up while fucking every-one-else.

119 Sep 23, 2010 at 17:14 by SeizurePenguin

Don’t link to images on 4chan, they will 404.

120 Sep 23, 2010 at 17:20 by Jeff

There was a story posted about this on claiming that not only had ACS:Law’s website been shut down, but that their chief solicitor, Andrew J. Crossley, had been arrested because his website was found to be a front for a high level scene FTP site (release group ‘WANKERS’).

It was obviously fake, and likely also a 4chan plant (not the Slyck story, but the blogspot entry it links to. That link is now dead.)

121 Sep 23, 2010 at 18:58 by Anonymous

Send real letters marked ‘return to sender’ with some random address on the front (Like the BPI’s address hehe. Cross it through)and the ‘real’ address of ACS on the back. Do not put a stamp on it. Hopefully the letters will get returned because of unpaid postage. Shove it in a post box somewhere a few blocks from you. Flood their real mailbox with crap!

They may also get charged by Royal Mail for it all lol.

122 Sep 23, 2010 at 19:36 by Andrew Crossley

Q: Do I care what a bunch of parasite pirates think about me?

A: Nah, I’ve made over a mill so far, happy days

123 Sep 23, 2010 at 21:15 by anonymous

say what you will about all this… you cowards can bad mouth everything done to these rich pompous greedy corporations who don;t even CARE about anything except how to swindle your money, but in the end at least there are still those who chose to fight back for a cause they believe in rather than idly bend over & take it!!

heroes are people we NEED not want

124 Sep 24, 2010 at 00:35 by Andrew Crossley

Hi, guys. It’s me – Andrew Crossley. I decided to drop by and tell you that I like c*cks. Big and fat ones. Especially when I get a threefold up the ars*. Mmmmmm. Oh, one more thing – I love pirates. I’ll start giving all the blood money I collected to poor pirates so that they can keep raping me…UP THE ARS*! No lubrication is needed for my anus is with the size of Grand Canyon.


125 Sep 24, 2010 at 04:46 by Kaptain Krunch

Ar! Shiver me timbers. Loic downloads now estimated at 27,813 weekly downloads.

126 Sep 24, 2010 at 12:59 by KRM

4chans are shit holes.. Check this

127 Sep 24, 2010 at 13:53 by Andrew Crossley

Leave me alone. I’m a little girl.

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