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Hackers bring down French anti-piracy site

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10:48 CET+01:00

Anonymous hackers attacked the website of the French anti-piracy organization Hadopi in retaliation to the closure of the file-sharing site Megaupload.com

The website of France’s anti-piracy organisation crashed for several hours on Thursday night after hackers led a collective attack on the website, Le Monde reports.

On Thursday evening, French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed the closure of the website megaupload.com by the US Justice department.


The Justice Department announced on Thursday the indictment of seven people linked to Megaupload for allegedly operating an "international organized criminal enterprise responsible for massive worldwide online piracy."

Hours after the arrests, Megaupload fans attacked several websites belonging to the US Justice Department, the FBI and Hadopi.

In France, the controversial agency Hadopi monitors traffic on the web in search for illegal downloads of copyrighted material. French web users caught downloading pirated material get several warning before their internet connection is cut off.

Hadopi legislation was adopted in 2009. So far no French internet users have seen their internet connection cut off.

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