Anonymous Deletes CBS Site
Hackers also take down Universal Music again
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2012 1:23 PM CST
A masked hacker, part of the Anonymous group, hacks the French presidential Elysee Palace website on January 20, 2012 near the eastern city of Lyon.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Those pesky online pirates known as Anonymous struck again today, knocking offline for "a good period of time" and deleting all of its files, Gizmodo reports. Unlike earlier strikes this week against the Justice Department and the Motion Picture Association of America, the hackers actually deleted everything, leaving only an index page with one lonely file. Anonymous also took down Universal Music's website for the second time this week. (See what Anonymous did with 75,000 credit card numbers.)

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May 10, 2014 10:46 AM CDT
I am a hacker. That is to say, I enjoy playing with computers — working with, learning about, and writing clever computer programs. I am not a cracker; I don't make a practice of breaking computer security. There's nothing shameful about the hacking I do. But when I tell people I am a hacker, people think I'm admitting something naughty — because newspapers such as yours misuse the word “hacker”, giving the impression that it means “security breaker” and nothing else. You are giving hackers a bad name. The saddest thing is that this problem is perpetuated deliberately. Your reporters know the difference between “hacker” and “security breaker”. They know how to make the distinction, but you don't let them! You insist on using “hacker” pejoratively. When reporters try to use another word, you change it. When reporters try to explain the other meanings, you cut it. Of course, you have a reason. You say that readers have become used to your insulting usage of “hacker”, so that you cannot change it now. Well, you can't undo past mistakes today; but that is no excuse to repeat them tomorrow. If I were what you call a “hacker”, at this point I would threaten to crack your computer and crash it. But I am a hacker, not a cracker. I don't do that kind of thing! I have enough computers to play with at home and at work; I don't need yours. Besides, it's not my way to respond to insults with violence. My response is this letter. You owe hackers an apology; but more than that, you owe us ordinary respect.
Jan 23, 2012 8:16 AM CST
ANONYMOUS is the only way the 99% will have any power. Too bad it has come to this. But with the unlimited money flowing into Washington from the corporate oligarchy, voting has become irrelevant.
Jan 23, 2012 6:33 AM CST
WHY did I have to read the comment thread to find out WHY? WTF has happened to news that they don't remember all their damn job is is to tell us who, what, when, where and why? It's a short list. It's your only job. You can't remember to mention WHY? To that I have only one more question... WHY? Oh alright, you get a pass this time. Anyone can make a mistake. Just always remember from now on, the why is really the meat of the story.