Virgin Media are currently under a DDoS attack as the backlash to the UK High Court ruling regarding The Pirate Bay this week begins. Virgin stated earlier this evening that it was forced to take the site off-line for an hour during the initial attack, but 6hrs later. as of this writing, the attack has continued. Earlier this month both The Supreme Courts site and TalkTalk were also targeted.
The first announcement for the DDoS came at 16:55hrs this evening via @AnonCircle
The DDoS is in retaliation for the UK High Court ruling that forced 6 of the largest UK ISP’s to start using technical measures to block The Pirate Bay. The ISP’s included:
- Everything Everywhere
- Virgin Media
BT were also ordered to block the site, but stated that they would consider their options first. Virgin Media, who are the first of the ISP’s to start the block, stated after the ruling:
“As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to the company but strongly believes that changing consumer behavior to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives, such as our agreement with Spotify, to give consumers access to great content at the right price,”
Although there are plenty of simple ways to circumvent the blocks imposed including the use of free proxies or VPNs, The Pirate Bay has warned on their blog that some of the proxies that people are using are scams, as they are charging users for access the The Pirate Bay, which is free.