January 20th, 2012
02:03 AM ET

Fed websites back online after Anonymous attack

Most of the websites shutdown by a hackers group were up and running early Friday including the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and some entertainment sites targeted after one of the federal government's largest anti-piracy crackdowns.

"Hacktivist" collective Anonymous on Thursday took credit for taking down the sites of the FBI, the Justice Department and some major entertainment companies after the arrests of leaders of Megaupload.com and shut down the popular hub for illegal media downloads.

Hours after the announcement of the arrests some of Megaupload's fans turned the table on the feds knocking the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI websites offline.

Both sites appeared to be back up early Friday. A law enforcement official told CNN the FBI was investigating.


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  1. Cybersniper

    Good now they got a taste of what its like to be knocked down by the people that they steal from ,

    January 20, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. ***dude***

    What the heck r u talkin about?

    January 20, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Art

    "...popular hub for illegal media downloads."

    There's some objective reporting for ya'.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. clay

    Who do you think owns CNN?

    January 20, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |


    January 20, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Derek

    Go to a video or music store and purchase it legally.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Latrina

    i jus want to kno who cares if them people blok the interwebs. i dun red evry thing on it. seen all them vedeos. hurd all them songs. and i relly dont care bout "wekepedea" i dun red it front to back in 4 diffrent lanquishes. i dont evan kno why i need this stoopid interweb machene no more.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey, Latrina....

      ....then get your troll ass off so we don't have to read you trying to fake black anymore.

      January 20, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Latrina

      ?troll ass sir/ i aint got know donkies pleeze wattch you"er werds and i aint black

      January 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I believe the person didn't say you were black, I believe the person was saying you were trying to fake being black.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Latrina

      what aver / i jus do"nt like bein talk at like that jus beacause i did"tn go to no fanci communality collage like him

      January 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rita

    thats funny Latrina you potty mouth .

    January 20, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Latrina

      i aint siad no bad werds/ my moma teeched me bedder then that

      January 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Today is

    @ABUSE- no one needs to steal info, stupid Americans put it all out there for everyone to see. "Privacy" will not be found in our future dictionaries.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ....

    i find all of this chatering extreamly funny because you guys are trolling eachother ^_^ just thought i'de put that out there

    January 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the real deal

    hey banasy you and your friends fake that you acctually know what your talking about going around calling people trolls you have the mental capasity of a acorn or maybe your just mental

    January 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fuytrog

    The owner Kim "Dotcom" is an embezzling international criminal. The whole thing is a criminal operation. Sites like these are making crime organizations in foreign countries rich. This is what we are supporting? The free flow of information on the net is supposed to be making us "smarter", not dumber. It baffles the mind.
    Anonymous: Fight against Scientology +1, Defending Megacrime -1; total 0

    January 21, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anonymous

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    January 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mido

    Well but I think that people will find other file sharing sites to share everything they want ....so stupid ...hackers will find many ways to Deceive the feds ..who knew

    January 31, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    Wonder where the script kiddies downloaded the hacking tools. We all know they did not write them.

    February 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |