The FBI is investigating the “Operation: Payback” DDoS attacks that began in mid-September and took down multiple websites belonging to anti-piracy and entertainment groups, and the U.S. Copyright Office, CNET reports.
Over the past two months, Anonymous has launched cyber attacks against websites belonging to the Motion Picture Association of America, The Recording Industry Association, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, and others.
While one of the most recent attacks occurred last week against the Copyright Office, some believe the bureau began asking questions prior to that, an unnamed source told CNET. Since the cyber assault on the Copyright Office, however, agents have begun working closely with many of the organizations attacked, the source added.
Other media reports have linked Anonymous to the popular imageboard 4chan; however, an organizer of the collective told PandaLabs in an interview the group has “no affiliation with any forum or website for that matter. We simply use them to communicate.“