For the second time in a month, the Recording Industry Association of America's website has been targeted by pro-filesharing hackers. The first incident came a few weeks ago when the hackers launched a denial-of-service attack, which basically overwhelms the site with connection requests causing it to shut down. The most recent attack, however, was much more complicated and 1,000 times more hilarious. According to Billboard, the hackers actually tapped into the RIAA website and inserted their own, properly formatted, grammatically correct satirical messages and inserted links to file sharing software providers KaZaA Lite and an article on CNet.com that discussed the benefits of file-sharing to the recording industry. Linkin Park's entire Reanimation album was also made available in downloadable MP3 format.
But that's not all. The hackers changed the RIAA introduction page to read "RIAA against music sharing? Not anymore!" and they inserted "Inside the RIAA with Eric Cartman," "Adult Entertainment," and "Where can I find information on giant monkeys?" into the "current issues" menu bar on the site's main page. All in all, the altered site was only up for about an hour but as of now (11:45am CT) the legitimate site is still offline. Who are these pro-file sharing bandits? We may never know, but I do know this - they are pretty fucking funny! Hahahaha...giant monkeys? Awesome.