Anonymous attacks trade group for supporting cybersecurity bill

USTelecom's website goes down for about 24 hours due to a distributed denial-of-service attack

Hacktivist group Anonymous has hit the United States Telecom Association and TechAmerica with distributed denial-of-service attacks, apparently for the trade groups' support of a controversial cybersecurity bill in the U.S. Congress.

Anonymous posted a YouTube video showing USTelecom's site down Sunday, and the site was down for about 24 hours, according to a USTelecom spokesman. The trade group discovered that the site was down at about 6 a.m. Monday, he said.

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TechAmerica's site was still down at 2 p.m. ET Monday after being hit on Sunday, a spokeswoman there said.

Anonymous on Friday released a YouTube video threatening supporters of the

Other trade groups that have voiced support for the Rogers bill said either that they had not been attacked or declined to comment.

Trade groups and companies that have voiced support for the Rogers bill include AT&T, CTIA, Facebook, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is

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