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PandaLabs Publishes Exclusive Interview With Hacker Group Behind Anti-Piracy Cyber Protest Attacks

Q&A with leaders of "Anonymous" group responsible for the attacks on the Motion Picture Association of America and others available on the PandaLabs blog

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's anti-malware laboratory, which first broke the news of organized cyber protests against the Motion Picture Association of America and other copyright-focused organizations last week, has published an exclusive interview with the group responsible for the protest.

The protest organizers, dubbing themselves "Anonymous," have been calling on like-minded individuals through social networking sites 4chan, Reddit, Digg and Twitter to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) against a number of organizations' anti-piracy actions. In the interview, the protest organizers assert that "There is no timeframe (for the attacks). We will keep going until we stop being angry."

Dubbed "Operation Payback," the cyber protest by Anonymous began on Sept. 20 in response to the decision by the Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Picture Association of America to contract with an Indian software company to shut down free file-sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay. Through its investigation of the incident, PandaLabs was able to make contact with the orchestrators of the protest and garner insight into their motives and modus operandi.

To read the full interview, conducted by PandaLabs threat researcher Sean-Paul Correll, please visit http://pandalabs.pandasecurity.com/an-interview-with-anonymous/.

About PandaLabs

Since 1990, its mission has been to detect and eliminate new threats as rapidly as possible to offer our clients maximum security. To do so, PandaLabs has an innovative automated system that analyzes and classifies thousands of new samples a day and returns automatic verdicts (malware or goodware). This system is the basis of Collective Intelligence, Panda Security's new security model which can even detect malware that has evaded other security solutions.

Currently, 99.4 percent of malware detected by PandaLabs is analyzed through this system of Collective Intelligence. This is complemented through the effort of several teams, each specialized in a specific type of malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, phishing, spam, etc), working 24/7 to provide global coverage. This translates into more secure, simpler and more resource-friendly solutions for clients.

More information is available in the PandaLabs blog: http://www.pandalabs.com.

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