Anti-Piracy Legislation Protests Continue: FTC Cyber Awareness Site Down

The Federal Trade Commissions website at remained down for a second day after it had suffered a security breach.

by / January 25, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission’s website at remained down for a second day after it had suffered a security breach. According to Government Computer News (, the group Anonymous hacked the site in protest over proposed anti-piracy laws and recent anti-piracy arrests.

Here’s a quote from GCN's story:

"The site, intended to give people cybersecurity advice, was hacked early Jan. 24, with the home page replaced by the Anonymous logo, a rap song and a message threatening more attacks if anti-piracy legislation in Congress — which has stalled after a massive online protest Jan. 18 — were to pass.

FTC, which operates the site with several other agencies, took it offline after the hack...."

Since the protest last week, many legislators have backed away from Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) because of the public outcry and pushback from many technology companies.

Meanwhile Computerworld ran an article that said the European Union’s proposed privacy rules could hinder the Internet. Here's an excerpt:

The rules, proposed by E.U. Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, include the so-called "right to be forgotten," allowing Internet users to have data about them deleted if there are no legitimate reasons for retaining it. The proposal would require companies with more than 250 employees to appoint data protection officers, and it would require companies to report data breaches within 24 hours.”

This new hacking trend is not slowing down, and ushers in a new cyber chapter in my view. If “hacktivists” can manipulate public opinion and get the results that they desire (like stopping new legislation), we will surely see more of this behavior in the years ahead when developments don't match the goals of various online groups.

What is your view on these developments?

Dan Lohrmann Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc.

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.

Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.

He holds a master's degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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