Visitors to the CBS.com website earlier today were met with nothing, that’s because the hacktivist group Anonymous managed to not only perform a DDoS attack on the network but actually hack the company’s website and delete all files.
Fortunately for CBS a backup was made for obvious (hacking) reasons and the company responded quickly by replacing the deleted website with all original files.
Visitors for a short period of time were met with an index page found within a single file and nothing more.
Attacked a short time afterwards was UniversalMusic.com which was also quickly restored from a backup and continued business as usual.
Anonymous has been attacking various industry websites since the take down of MegaUpload by Federal authorities. Sites attacked have included the DOJ, RIAA, MPAA, Universal, EMI, FBI and various other industry websites the hacking initiative believes has wronged their own personal choices.
In the meantime the actual hacking and deletion of a website falls squarely in new territory for Anonymous and showcases the groups efforts to more severely punish any corporate interests that infringe of their ability to download and stream illegal copies of copyrighted material.
Do you think Anonymous is justified in their attacks against CBS and other industry websites or have they begun attacking web properties simply for the sake of hacking?