According to, the ‘Anonymous’ cyber-activist group, has called on its community to launch a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) at midnight (00:00h CET) October 7 against the Spanish copyright protection society (SGAE). This group, in an initiative called “Operation Payback”, has been launching denial of service attacks against various targets in recent weeks as a response to the attempted closure of free file-sharing websites.


A distributed denial of service attack (DdoS) involves launching numerous requests at a server hosting the Web page so that the hosting service cannot cope with the load and the server ‘crashes’, i.e. the service is suspended. In this case, for example, anyone trying to access the SGAE website may not be able to reach the domain.

On September 17 we witnessed what could be deemed the first organized mass cyber-protest on the Internet, against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), bodies that set out to protect copyright and distribution rights, as a response to the action that both these organizations have been undertaking against free file-sharing sites: they had contracted an Indian software company to launch attacks against sites such as The Pirate Bay, forcing them to close.

Details of the attacks, which have been monitored in real-time by our researcher Sean-Paul Correll are available here