Hacker group Anonymous has taken down Virgin Media’s main website on Tuesday to protest the company’s recent cut-off from The Pirate Bay. Anonymous took down Virgin Media’s website with a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which takes down a computer or network by saturating requests to a target machine with external communication requests to the point where the servers cannot respond to legitimate traffic. This is what Virgin Media had to say:
Our website, virginmedia.com, has been the subject of denial of service attacks so we took the site offline for a short period of time. We’re aware some groups are claiming the attacks are a result of the recent High Court order which requires ISPs to prevent access to The Pirate Bay.
As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders but we strongly believe that tackling the issue of copyright infringement needs compelling legal alternatives, giving consumers access to great content at the right price, to help change consumer behaviour.