BMI website hacked

Attack did not affect secure content, org claims

Performing rights org BMI temporarily took down its website Wednesday after a denial-of-service attack, allegedly by the notorious hacker group Anonymous.

The assault on slowed down external access to the site but did not breach BMI’s internal systems, the organization said. No other operations were affected, and no secure content was accessed.

Anonymous has been credited with recent attacks on the sites of other pro-copyright trade orgs like the RIAA and the MPAA.

While not mentioning the hacker unit by name, a statement from BMI credited the assault to “the same group that reached new heights of notoriety in the recent WikiLeaks events when they allegedly launched denial of service attacks against Visa, Mastercard and Paypal.”

BMI added, “We believe that this attack is part of their misguided campaign to attack creative rights.”

Service was expected to resume shortly.

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