ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: UFC President Dana White speaks during a press conference promoting UFC 145: Jones v Evans at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
When "Anonymous" hackers shut down the UFC.com website, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White got the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and part of the Department of Homeland Security involved. The Federal Bureau of Investigation?
They were already on the job.
In fact, White and the rest of the ZUFFA legal eagles called pretty much everyone except Batman in their offensive against the "(expletive) nerds" that targeted the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion for its controversial support of anti-piracy bills SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP).
After the jump, the Las Vegas fight boss details his war against the "Anonymous" faction to J.J. McCorvey of Inc. Magazine and how his defiance in the face of cyber threats may have "contributed" to "a lot of them getting busted."
Check it out.
"You should have seen the kind of tweets their Twitter followers were sending me. All these mysterious threats, like, 'We're watching you' and 'We can find you.' I told them, Come find me, you f---in' nerds. Here's my hotel. I'm in Chicago. Come find me. It was a Twitter war for days. And that's when it gets fun. You get these guys engaged, you get 'em going, and that's when you get the FBI involved. Because there's so much piracy of UFC merchandise, the FBI was already monitoring everything that was happening. But after Anonymous hacked our site, we also got U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security, involved. And it helps when they know when and where the hackers are going to attack. So I put my chin out there, and we knew they were gonna punch it. Two weeks after they attacked me, a lot of them started getting busted. I think we contributed to that."
One of the higher profile attackers in this year's assault on the UFC was "JoshTheGod," who had the pearly gates kicked in during his arrest for credit card fraud. Real name Mir Islam, the cyber thief is also "accused of helping to operate additional forums, UGNazi.com and Carders.org, both of which were seized by the FBI."
The war might not be over just yet, but it looks as if Dana White and the UFC have come back to win this fight after getting rocked early in the first round.
Time will tell.