Anonymous Attacks Facebook (not actually)

anon atttack on fb

The hacktavist group Anonymous is said to be currently attacking Facebook. This is part of the response to the shuttering of Megaupload, the webs most popular file locker, on January 17 2012. Anonymous has been on a Denial of Service spree these last few days, causing service outages for a number of worldwide government agencies, companies and organizations that were implicated or condoned the Megaupload raids. The validity of the reports are questionable though.

So far the attack (if its actually happening) has yielded few results, Facebook was reported to be running slowly by a few twitter users. Some of the Facebook applications and games were also either slow or inaccesible. The DDoS attempt will probably be unsuccessful on a site of this size, as Facebook has numerous counter-measure to this type of harassment.

Because of the amorphous structure of Anonymous, it’s not certain that the attack is actually taking place. Some members or subgroups may be acting alone or may not have been able to drum up enough support from other members. Some anonymous mouthpieces on Twitter are claiming Facebook is under attack while others (like the one pictures below) are denying it.

anonymous attacks facebook tweet

Facebook’s connection to the Megaupload raids is not immediately clear, and some question why it is a target. The motivation is mostly to spread awareness about the harm of censorship and the ACTA bills. The anons posit that the recent pro copyright holder legislation that has been put forward around the world is not being met with enough public backlash and that they need a “wakeup call”.

Update 9:15PM EST
It looks like it was not Anonymous that caused the outage after all. Trolled indeed.



FileSonic closes filesharing | FileSonic Megaupload Alternatives

Filesonic Disable file sharing

This afternoon FileSonic, one of the most popular internet file lockers, disabled it’s file sharing functionality. That is, you will no longer be able to access files uploaded by other users or upload new files to be publicly accessed. Individuals who have uploaded files to FileSonic can still access their own files but have to be logged into their FileSonic account to do so.

This is in response the recent shutdown of Megaupload, a competing file locker, by the FBI earlier this week. FileSonic shares many of the same characteristics of Megaupload; it had lots of copyrighted material, it only complied with the DCMA regulations on the surface, and links to files that they host frequently turn up on websites that act as linked directories of copyrighted files (ie Filestube).

Many internet users are now concerned that many other file sharing utilities may also have to take feature limiting defensive moves in order to be allowed to continue to operate. Drop Box, one of the most use full and widely used methods of sharing files, is often cited as another prime target. We don’t think that it is any danger as it’s business model is far different from most of the file lockers. First of all, if a file is downloaded too many times it is removed from of Drop Box where ass on the less scrupulous file lockers it’s encouraged. Secondly, Drop Box monetizes the file uploader, not the downloader reducing the incentive of sharing copyright materials.

That said, there are many other file lockers who do share the same business model  as Megaupload and FileSonic who will certainly have to adapt in order to stay online.

FileServe has followed FileSonic in closing it’s file links to the public. There will most certainly be more casualties in the file sharing ecosystem in the near future.

You can check out our list of alternatives to FileSonic and FileServe to help you find a new file sharing resource.

Anonymous takes down Universal Music, DOJ, RIAA, MPAA and more

Anonymous responds to Megaupload takedown
In response to both the takedown of Megaupload today and the SOPA/PIPA bills that are being mulled over in the United states the hacktavist group Anonymous has responded by taking down several websites with a distributed denial of service attack. Both the Universal Music and American Department of Justice websites were taken offline by the attack.

4chan, the ‘homebase’ of anonymous is in frenzy over closure of one of “their sites” and are seeking revenge with LOIS, an open source DDoS ableing software. Some of the anons have posted a Javascript version of the tool to help the effort, it’s available on pastebin. The next plausible targets seems to be the FBI site or the RIAA website as many lasers are already “pointed” at them.

That said, even when the number of LOIC attackers is high, it still would not be enough to take down these types of high profile websites. Anynymous must have access to a bot net and/or is pooling resources with other groups to carry out and sustain such effective attacks.

Anonymous Takedown Catalogue

Updated as of 8:00PM EST January 22 2011
Most Site are now back up and running but, with fewer numbers, the attack continues on a few sites. The Brazilian arm of anonymous seems to still be hard at work. They are continuing the DDoS on a broad spectrum of websites, the hit list of 114 websites all with .br TDLs has been posted on pastebin. We’ve included some of the most notable downed sites on the list below.

lulzy anonymous takedown tweet

Clik app | Clik from Kik

Clik, the new application from the Waterloo Canada Company Kik (which FSB has followed quite closely), had it’s debut yesterday at the University Waterloo. The application lets you pretty much use your Apple or Android device as a remote control/media server or more for your internet connected tv or computer screen.

Users only have to visit the Clik website which displays a QR code on the screen that smart phone users can pair with their mobile devices. The device then becomes a “super remote control” for the screen able to stream from youtube, local video files, music, play games ect. You can have more then one user controlling the screen through Clik as long as they are on the same wi-fi connection. This allows for a great party feel to the application which will be released soon for Android and iPhone devices.

The application will be officially released on the app store and market place in late January 2012. One of the most exciting things about the app is that a javascript API will be released within the next couple of months allowing developers to easily create applications for the technology.

There is substantial fanfare for this application. It’s much more users friendly and provides much more functionality then a lot of traditional media servers or set top devices. The javascript API also makes it easy for both developers and web designers to create phenominal applications quickly, as you just need to know HTML/CSS and javascript. Fred Wilson, the rockstar Venture capitalist, called it “a game changer”.

The Kik development team is made up primarily of UW graduates (or CS/ENG drop-outs with exceptional practical coding skills and eye for opportunity) so they wanted to get back to their roots for the product launch. They launch party was at the campus bar The Bomber where Kik CEO Ted Livingston made a quick intro speech and jaw dropping product demo.

The Clik application from Kik will be available soon in the apple app store and in the Android Marketplace. We’ll post links as soon as their out. In the mean time, here’s a screen shot of the Clik Airtube app.

clik airtube

Page 4 of 366 – Twitter Trend Explained

page 4 of 366The twitter keyword Page 4 of 366 is trending today and there is little explanation on twitter as to what it actually means.

Pretty much it’s just a chronicling of days in 2012 as if they were pages from a book (ie today is the 4th day of 2012, so page 4 of 366 days in 2012). The explanation seems pretty straight forward but may people were thrown off by the 366 figure rather then the much recognizable 365 number. The 366 is accurate as 2012 is a leap year so there is one extra day in February. Yesterday, the term page 3 of 366 made it to the trend board in some areas so you’ll probably see the Page N of 366 phrase a lot at least in the next few days.

9gag down | down by 4chan with DDoS attack December 21

The popular image posting website is going down sporadically tonight due to a 4chan led denial of service attack. The login, search registration and voting features are also failing on and no posts posts have been recorded since 17 hours ago. This was presumably to keep 4chan users from uploading obscene images and up-voting them to appear on the front page.

It appears that 4chan users, specifically residents of the /b/ section, are fed up with their content being re-published and shared on 9gag. The attack is also in retaliation to yesterday’s DDoS attack that brought down 4chan’s homepage. The image bellow, originally posted on, sums up their beef succinctly.

4chan ddos 9gag

Devout channers are using an open source DDoS application called Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) as well as it’s successor High Orbit Ion Cannon (HOIC) and directed their packets towards 9gag’s domain and DNS servers. The call to arms was initiated on and instructions were issued on pastebin.

A few 9gag users posted this in response to the attack

9gag ddos by 4chan

Important Ip list | IP Adresses Incase SOPA passes

So SOPA is on the verge of being pushed through. One of it’s main features is that it allows copyright holders to request a black list of certain domains on a service provider’s DNS record. Websites will still be available through their ip adresses so in the event that any site is blocked you can either copy the associated ip into your browser url bar or edit your etc hosts file to point the blocked domain to it’s ip.

If you are an American Citizen please sign this electronic petition on to have the bill vetoed.

Social media

Social networking

Search engine / Link sites

Torrent sites

Live Streaming Content

Porn sites

Streaming sites



Manga sites


This list was transcribed from the boingboing/reddit google doc. If you have anything you would like to add, post it in the comments.

Technology Gifts | Top Christmas Tech Toys

Top Tech Toys for Christmas 2011

Christmas is just around the corner and if you are serious about offering something brilliant and great this Yuletide season especially for the kids, you need to know what’s hot and what’s not in toys. You can go traditional with your gift giving or go on a budget spending to be more practical but for those who like to feel generous and have enough money to spend on good toys, then here is a list of the top 10 technology gifts to offer kids this Christmas.

Angry Birds Toys

1. Angry Birds Plush Toys

The popularity of the mobile game angry birds has spurred the release of a huge collection of toys for both kids and angry birds addicts! There are tons of cute plushies available, some with sounds from the game.

2. Leapfrog’s LeapPad Explorer

Think of this device as an iPad but for kids. If you are concerned that your kids will have more hands on use of your high end tablet, then give them something equally fun but at half the price. This device is amazing since it has a camera and video recording tool and there are games as well as apps that you can add.

3. Fijjit Friends

These are very cute robot toys that are not only look nice, they respond to you. They are interactive toys with built in 150 phrases on its system. This robot can recognize 30 words and based on the words, they can tell a joke, play music or simply dance. I guess you could call it the Furbie of this generation.

4. Chopper with Spy Cam

Imagine having your own surveillance system in the sky as a kid!  This remote control, totally functional toy chopper with an adjustable camera with built in gyroscope so camera capture isn’t shaky. It may seem a bit creepy at first but it teaches kids a lot about aerodynamics and engineering (in addition to being really fun!)

5. Air Swimmers

These are probably some of the coolest (and wierdest) tech toys available this christmas season. You can choose helium filled fish like a shark or a clown fish to navigate through the air using an infrared remote. It’s like an RC helicopter but much more interesting and with no breakable or swallowable parts.

6. Nerf Vortex Nitron Gun

This brilliantly engineered toy is a massive fully automatic nerf gun. It has a tracking scope that lights up and the removable ammo clip can stock 20 pieces. Foam disks can be used as ammo for this Nerf gun and this will definitely be a great gift for the boys and maybe some girls.

Technology Gifts

7. Remote control car a la Lightning McQueen

If you or your kids are fan’s of Disney “Cars” then you will appreciate this toy. It’s a remote control car replica of the main character, Lightning McQueen complete with the details from the movie. It is a nice, simple and fun tech toy for those who prefer a more traditional option for a gift this Christmas.

8. My Keepon

The toy was initially designed by two scientists who aimed to study autism but it became something else; a perfect gift for kids. This toy is so cute and beyond that, it can create up to 50 unique sounds and can even dance to music. It’s close to the Fijit friends but a bit more gender neutral.

9. Appblaster

This is a pretty neat augmented reality toy that requires an iphone or itouch device. It’s a white plasitc gun with a mount for your mobile device on it’s barrel. When the mobile device is engaged, it turns into a viewfinder with aliens super imposed over a camera display of your surroundings. You aim using the mobile device and blast using the gun!

10. Vtech Kiddizoom Twist

If your kids like photography and would like to do some work while you do your own on your SLR, you can depend on this kid proof device. This one has a camera that can be rotated with has a 4x zoom as well as a voice recorder and light image manipulation software built in. This is easy to hold with the rubber case and durable enough to protect the unit inside.

All these amazing new tech toys for Christmas utilize technology in a whole new way. With innovations such as these, it can be quite difficult to choose the perfect one. Nonetheless, it is very interesting what your kids will like the best since they themselves will have a hard time identifying the options most suitable for them. A lot of these toys are brilliant for kids who are just starting out with their journey towards high tech gaming.