Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 23:00 UTC
Legal And bam, is no more. The FBI has arrested four people behind the popular file-sharing website, and is looking for three more, in a worlwide investigation into the website. Apparently, the site is super-dangerous - the indictment behind the arrests minces no words. As a countermeasure, people claiming to be from Anonymous took down the websites of ViaCom and the Department of Justice. Update: Ars has analysed the indictment. It's pretty damning, but does have a few weird odds and ends. Update II: And more and more sites are falling by Anonymous' hands. Largest operation in their history.
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The same way that SOPA got coverage in the media. Even Murdoch's papers had to cover it in the end (once the story became big big enough).

These days, the mainstream media can't set the agenda in quite the same way that they used to be able to. Stories are often 'broken' by smaller online setups first, and then picked up by the mainstream later once it's gathered momentum.

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