Last week, while a good many of you out there never noticed it, a clear shot was fired in the ongoing war between the Governments of the world and its citizens as the Government of Ukraine kicked in the door at Demonoid and shut down the site. It hit the massive torrent site with a dDOS attack, as well as seizing its servers; moves justified by the nation’s strict anti-piracy laws.
The move was said to have been a “gift” for the American government as the Ukrainian leadership happens to be meeting with President Obama conveniently as these moves were taking place.
\But a shot has been fired back…
Or at least the claims is being made that as we speak a shot is being fired…
Anonymous, the cyber-squad of anarchists and information liberators, have apparently takenit upon themselves to make sure that such attacks won’t go unanswered…
Give ‘em a go and have an open mind…
Here is their first message, dated Aug 7th, 2012:
(Text of the statements provided below as the vocal effects make it a little tough to fully comprehend and if we are all going to get sucking into a war for our very souls, we should at least know what it is being fought over…)
The collective has noticed that Demonoid, a popular bittorrent tracker has been removed from the Internet. This atrocity was carried out by the copywrong police of Ukraine, as their gift to the United Fascists of America http://bit.ly/OW2D0y. This is unacceptable; we cannot stay silent while this ruthless attack has occured on our freedom of speech. Internet has always been free and should stay free forever! We hold these rights of freedom to be self-evident.
Despite Demonoid blocking all Ukrainian IP addresses to avoid upsetting local law, the site still attracted the attention of the authorities. The raid on Demonoid was timed to coincide with the first trip of Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky's to the United States on the agenda: copyright infringement. This implies that the attack against Demonoid was a preplanned operation, and a deliberate and malicious attack against Internet Freedom. We will not let this go unpunished. We will seek revenge against all criminals responsible and their punishments will be severe.
We can no longer sit around and watch this censorship happen right in front of us. Haven't you, Ukraine, learned anything from the Anonymous "Collective"? You were attacked once, and yet feel the need to keep censoring us, your people, and every day hard working citizens?
What do you gain? What and or who are you protecting?
No need to answer those questions. It's plain and simple, money, power, & greed are your driving forces to keep humanity enslaved and deprived of the freedom of information, and freedom of speech.
We would like to remind you to take notice of what is happening around the globe, with governments, agencies, and companies trying to suppress us as people, as human beings! It only takes one idea, one person to voice an opinion and the masses will rise up and follow as one.
Ukrainian Government, you have committed a crime against Humanity & Freedom. We will not tolerate this. We will take direct actions against you and your criminal friends until you realize the crimes you've committed and restore our beloved Demonoid.
The history of Ukraine, former Soviet Union, has always been corrupted and filled with fallacies. What brings you to the United States? Why is this a gift? We weren't aware we were exchanging gifts. You can already Expect your gifts from us!
Operation Demonoid, Engaged.
We are Anonymous,
We are legion,
We do not forgive,
We do not forget,
Ukrainian government, You should have expected us.
irc.anonops.pro | 6667/SSL: +6697
And the second one, dropped on Aug. 8th, 2012 (this one has a bit more pizazz to it as well as a nice musical number to wash it all down…):
Greetings, people of the world and fellow internet citizens. We are Anonymous.
We bring sad news. Last week, our generous green friend, the Demonoid, was met with a state sponsored Distributed Denial of Service attack. This is the same type of attack that many citizens of the world, including many Anons, have been sent to prison over. These illegal actions were then followed up with a raid by Ukraine authorities. These operations coincided with the Vice Prime Minister of the Ukraine's visit to the United States.
The action was spearheaded by the usual cabal of lobbyists, SOPA/ACTA supporters, and their bribed politicians. We question what the motives for this action really are? It is clear to us that politics and lobbyists are again getting in the way of progress.
A future without public trackers is a bleak one my friends. For most of us, Demonoid and others like it who have fallen, have been about more than free music or movies. They are an incredibly powerful educational Tool facilitating something better than just open piracy. Mega-Trackers provide a new model for distribution. Modern musicians and other artists have begun to embrace the medium. Meanwhile corporations and governments continue to fear it. Anonymous will simply not tolerate a world without it.
In retaliation for your criminal acts against us and the free flow of information, we have already begun an operation against those responsible. Lazers are already being fired.
We will also be working hard on restoring what once was. We promise to work on this goal by any means necessary. Where one has fallen, many will rise to take their place.
#OpDemonoid has the following objectives:
1. Restore Demonoid services by any means necessary and, if possible, facilitate a series of mirror sites operated by free Anons everywhere. In essence, open source Demonoid.
2. Retaliate against those responsible for the interruption. And Lulz.
Our work will require time and patience but when we're successful, and we will be, Demonoid will live again.
In the meantime, we need your help. Show this press release to artists, musicians, designers, and others you know who benefit from open public trackers like Demonoid. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, and with your social networks. Remember: a future without Demonoid and trackers like it is not a future you want to live in. Only you will be responsible if this is the future that unfolds for future generations.
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." - Thomas Jefferson
TAKE ACTION NOW: IRC.ANONOPS.PRO #OpDemonoid
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forget.
We do not Forgive.
Remember, remember the 27th of July…
You have to give it to Anonymous… they certainly do have a certain flare to them…
The Star War styled intro, the V for Vendetta imagery (complete with the Guy Fawkes masks)…
Though if I would offer any friendly criticism it would be to maybe find a clearer voice modulator (that said, the second one was clear than the first one). The disembodied voice through the fast food speaker was eerie and distracting in The Dark Knight Rises… Imagine how off putting it comes when its going on and on about file sharing and freedom of information. It detracts from the message. Learn from where Nolan screwed the pooch… get a nice voiced man to do the talking… preferably with an English accent… it’s been proven we swallow shit from them easier.