Don't drop the SOPA.
In case you thought the "Anonymous" hackers were the only ones taking control of websites, the United States Government has flexed its muscle in a recent crackdown on illegal video streams among popular websites such as firstrowsports.tv.
Yahoo! News has the report:
Three days before Super Bowl XLVI, U.S. prosecutors said they seized 16 websites that illegally streamed live sports and pay-per-view events over the Internet, and charged a Michigan man with running nine of those websites.
The defendant charged in the case is Yonjo Quiroa, 28, who faces one count of criminal infringement of a copyright.
Prosecutors said Quiroa, also known as Ronaldo Solano, operated his websites from his home in Comstock Park, Michigan, prior to his Wednesday arrest, receiving at least $13,000 from online merchants who advertised with him.
Online piracy has been a hot button issue in recent weeks thanks to the anti-piracy bill SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which caused a public outcry for digital freedom and prompted a few well-documented attacks from vengeful hackers.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was a staunch supporter of SOPA, and recently sent a letter to Congress outlining the damage illegal video streams have inflicted on Zuffa's bottom line.
As a result, hackers took control of the UFC.com website on two separate occasions and released personal information on promotion president Dana White, which later turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
The feds have shut down one of the more popular destinations for illegal feeds. Outside of inconveniencing a few chiselers who don't want to pay for the UFC 143: "Diaz vs. Condit" pay-per-view event this weekend, does anyone have a problem with this latest development?
Why or why not?