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    [BBC News] Virgin Media Website Hacked

    BBC News - Virgin Media hacked by opponents of The Pirate Bay block

    Virgin Media has said it was forced to take its website offline for an hour during a hack attack.

    Twitter feeds associated with the Anonymous collective announced: "Virgin Media - Tango Down #OpTPB".

    The messages suggest that the attack was organised to protest against efforts to block access to The Pirate Bay's (TPB) file-sharing pages.

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    DDoS attack - so not a proper hack then

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again - DDoS is like a bunch of kids TP'ing someone's house. Moderately annoying, but ultimately serves no purpose.

    Not to mention that Virgin Media being targeted for complying with a legal court order is a bit, let's just say, dumb.

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    I can't be the only one sick of hearing the news report DDoS attacks as 'hacks', can I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    DDoS attack - so not a proper hack then
    Well, this is the media we're talking about...

    Guessed passwords = Hacked
    Guess PIN for answerphone = Hacked
    DDoS = Hacked
    Anything else electronic = Hacked

    But to be honest, if they did say it was a DDoS attack, they'd then have to explain what that was - and most people won't read a headline that says "DDoS takes Virgin Website Offline". Give them "Virgin Media Hacked" and people will read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korifugi View Post
    most people won't read a headline that says "DDoS takes Virgin Website Offline". Give them "Virgin Media Hacked" and people will read it.
    I dunno, giving them "Hundreds attack Virgin Media over TPB blocking" would work pretty well..

    edit: I accidentally a word.
    Last edited by Garacesh; 9th May 2012 at 08:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korifugi View Post
    Guessed passwords = Hacked
    Guess PIN for answerphone = Hacked
    DDoS = Hacked
    Anything else electronic = Hacked.
    You also forgot:

    Government website taken down = Government was hacked


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    It was their main recruiting poster, hung up nearly ten feet up a wall! This means the hackers have LADDER technology! Are we headed for a future where everyone has to pay $50 for one of those locked plexiglass poster covers? More after the break ...
    Last edited by X-13; 9th May 2012 at 08:39 AM.

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    Its all about the propaganda really.

    And it looks like it worked. We are talking about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Its all about the propaganda really.

    And it looks like it worked. We are talking about it
    I was talking about it before it was cool. [/hipster]

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    to average joe user though it takes the site down it is to all intents and purposes hacking they wouldnt know what ddos was same as most people wouldnt know what 90% of the stuff in a cars engine bay does (id lay odds if i popper the bonnet and asked 10 random people to point out the turbo most would point to something else).

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    I was talking about it before it was cool. [/hipster]
    And I'm only talking about it ironically [/hipster]

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    Quote Originally Posted by korifugi View Post
    And I'm only talking about it ironically [/hipster]
    I was talking about it ironically before it was cool. [/hipster:Level_9001]

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Its all about the sensationalism really.
    Fixed
    I understand they have to pull in readers.. It's just a shame when they have to lower their standards of reporting to do so. Either that, or they're not aware they're reporting inaccurately, in which case someone should banhammer them from the journalism industry (then again, if that were the case, we'd have no newspapers ever.. What would I read on the bus to work? D: Oh yeah.. I'd just browse Reddit..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post
    Either that, or they're not aware they're reporting inaccurately, in which case someone should banhammer them from the journalism industry
    This is how I feel when I read stories on "trolling" [First thing I found.]

    IT'S NOT TROLLING! THAT'S JUST BEING A TWISTED [censored]!

    Real trolling doesn't rely on swearing and disturbing imagary being forced on people.

    Trolling is a art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Trolling is a art.
    *an

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