A lot of naysayers said the recent (ongoing) DDoS attacks wouldn’t achieve anything. Let’s have a status update. 4chan is directly or indrectly responsible for the following:
1) ACS:Law completely imploded and caused major publicity. Their site is still offline and according to posters in Slyck’s forum thread, they’re not responding to phone calls and emails are bouncing. No one’s yet had any letters dated after the major news got hold of the story. At the start of the DDoS and before the leak, Andrew Crossley stated that it was “business as usual” for them. This is looking less and less likely now. It looks like 4chan fought the ACS:Law and the 4chan won. Alternately, maybe Andrew Crossley’s train is late and he’s stuck queueing for coffee.
2) Gallant Macmillan’s site has been down for three days and they yesterday had their request for more IP=>name/address lookups adjourned until January, i.e. they have a 3 month gap in their income, mostly because of the publicity generated in 1). More on that story later. It seems unlikely that any lawyers are going to manage to get hold of any of these court orders until this has been resolved.
3) Ministry of Sound, who is funding intimidation of alleged filesharers, was offline for two days. The attack is now officially over, I think (but I could be wrong), and MoS has been up and down this evening. In this time they’ve been unable to sell any music online. They are evidently feeling something because they had to start censoring their Facebook page when people started posting the reason their main site was down. An interesting and inadvisable display of weakness there, they are keen to support intimidation but feel it’s against their interests to be seen to be in favour of it. Let’s be clear: their site went down because it was attacked, because MoS is funding the bulk-sending of letters intimidating /alleged/ filesharers into paying an arbitrarily determined compensation value. The fact that MoS’s music is some kind of crime against humanity is merely coincidental.
4) Lots of other firms have had to suffer the costs (computational, bandwidth, reputation, etc) of being targeted in a DDoS at negligable relative cost to each attacker.
Pretty impressive if you ask me.