CISPA Bill Passed in the House, Moves to Senate - Anonymous Urges Websites to Go Dark

bp9801 - April 22, 2013 09:43AM in General News

The other day, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 288 to 127. At this point it's moved along to the Senate where it's unknown if it'll pass or die out. You may remember last year when the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) were stalled and then ultimately delayed. CISPA shares some traits with both to accomplish similar goals, namely that it allows for IPs to share emals and texts with the government if there's a security risk. All information is to be handled by a civilian group to "ensure Americans' civil liberties are protected," if CISPA becomes reality. The White House has threatened to veto CISPA if it passes both the House and Senate, so if it does then hopefully it's vetoed.

Yesterday, Internet hacktivists Anonymous urged websites to go dark today in protest. It's a similar call to the SOPA and PIPA protests last year, so if you happen to notice some of your favorite websites, Facebook pages, or Twitter accounts with a black color scheme, a protest page, or even silent, you know why. There are also petitions to sign to add your voice to the growing numbers.

Source: PC Mag