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  (Source: Scott Petersen/MMA Weekly)
Dana White may think twice before picking a fight with the world's largest hacker collective

While the non-dead House's "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) (H.R. 3261) was almost universally loathed by the public and held up as a illustration of the deep lobbyist bribery and corruption afflicting America, it was much beloved by those who did the bribing.

I. Zuffa, UFC Back SOPA With Bribes

Enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) -- the world's largest MMA organization -- and its owners Zuffa.  Zuffa holds a virtual monopoly on MMA, buying any substantial would be competitors and slowly engulfing/minimalizing them.  The UFC were among the large big media interests who sent bribes [source] to politicians regarding SOPA -- but declined to mention (officially) whether they were for or against it.

Bribe under table
Zuffa/The UFC were among those bribing politicians to pass SOPA. [Image Source: i-Sight]

But company's management have made their perspective relatively clear.  Company CEO, co-founder, and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta wrote in a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith (R- Tex.) -- SOPA's House co-author:

The piracy of live sporting events is illegal, it kills jobs, and it threatens the expansion of U.S.-based companies.  This is the issue that keeps us up at night, and we are very concerned about the theft of our shows. 

Despite pulling over a billion in revenue a year, Mr. Fertitta contends that pirates cost the UFC tens of millions in extra revenue.

Fertitta SOPA
UFC's CEO and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta was a top SOPA supporter [Image Source: MiddleEasy]

The SOPA support caused the UFC's homepage to become the target of the frustrations of Anonymous, the world's largest hacker collective.  Anonymous claims well into the ten thousands of technical savvy participants worldwide and are a fascinating social phenomena in that they act as a group-without-a-leader, with individual "anons" organizing activist hacking raids.

The group may be controversial, but it's earned praise for its pro-democracy work.  The group played a critical role in "Arab Spring", a movement that deposed several Middle East dictatorships.

In the UFC's case, their website was hacked on Jan. 22:



II. The Fight -- Dana White v. Anonymous

UFC President Dana White, also a co-owner in the company, took to Twitter blasting Anonymous and promoting SOPA.  On Jan. 22 he wrote, "@masontbell9 nice fake account. Hacking the site is not a big deal dummy. We are not in the website biz. Today was a great day!!! Pats!!!!"

The on Jan. 22 he taunted, "@fjbar75 the Internet is the coward capital of the world"

But yesterday the exchange grew more heated after Dana White threw his support in for SOPA in a UFC on FOX 2 post-press conference interview.  He commented, "Is SOPA the perfect bill? No, it's not.  The only thing that we're focused on is piracy. Piracy is stealing. If you walk into a store and steal a f------ gold watch, it's the same as stealing a pay-per-view. I don't care what your twisted, demented idea of stealing is. These kids grew up on the Internet never had to pay for anything, so they don't think they should have to."

Dana White tough guy
Dana White called out Anonymous in an interview, challenging them to do their worst.
[Image Source: ProMMA Now]

From there he issued a challenge to Anonymous: "Keep hacking our site. Do it again. Do it tonight.  These guys look like terrorists now, and a bill that was about to die is about to come back."

Those proved to be fighting words.  Over on Twitter things got real ugly, real quick:

YourAnonNews Anonymous (News): Ahoy @danawhite – what do you have against the Internet? We’re just curious, as we were quite surprised at the harsh tone of your comments.

Anonymous (News): @danawhite – I’m curious, do you support what we do, in terms of activism & raising public awareness of critical security/privacy issues?

danawhite Dana White: @YourAnonNews i love the Internet. It helped us grow our biz. Stealing is stealing! And hacking into people’s (expletive) is terrorism.

LucGib, Anonymous member: @danawhite @YourAnonNews LMAO terrorism? Really. Tell that to the ppl who lost their lives fighting actual TERRORIST!

Dana White: @YourAnonNews same guys on the net bitching about fighter pay are the ones who are stealing from them. That are our partners on PPV!

Dana White:@LucGib @youranonnews not true, fighters get a piece of PPV and even if that wasn't the case u think it's ok to steal from us?

Dana White: @YourAnonNews and yes cowards hide on the Internet! At least I’m man enough to say all my (expletive) in public and not hide behind a screen name!!

Dana White: @YourAnonNews no i’m a fight promoter. I put on fights. People are stealing my shit on the net and selling it or selling ads on it.

AnonyOps Anonymous (Ops): @danawhite tell that to the freedom fighters in Syria (and in many other countries) who, if their names were known, they’d be murdered.
Retweeted by YourAnonNews

Anonymous (News): @danawhite Just because you’re a “fight promoter” doesn’t mean you can’t also have an opinion on social issues that affect society.

Anonymous (News): @danawhite – So all our activism, mass protests, & helping Arab Spring fighters around surveillance to organise…you do not support? :(

Dana White: @YourAnonNews me and my partners have busted our ass for 10 years to build the sport and co. When you steal you should be dealt with! Agree?

Anonymous (Ops): @danawhite your characterization of anonymous persons betrays a gross ignorance of government reprisals.
Retweeted by YourAnonNews

Anonymous (News): @danawhite Your generalisation of us & online activists as cowards/terrorists disappoints us. Many are fighting 4 positive social change.

Anonymous member (LucGib): @danawhite @YourAnonNews they dont steal from fighters, they take UFC revenue. Big difference. They get paid either way

Dana White: @LucGib @youranonnews not true, fighters get a piece of PPV and even if that wasn't the case u think it's ok to steal from us?

Anonymous member (LucGib): @danawhite @youranonnews 20 some fighters get a piece of the PPV SO THAT LEAVE ANOTHER 400 WITHOUT PPV REVENUE

Anonymous (Ops): I propose an MMA fight between Anonymous and @danawhite … Our martial art: the internet.
Retweeted by YourAnonNews

Dana White: @ADHR26 really!!!? Are you reading some of these tweets!? They said they are coming after me tonight that's fucking terrorism! I'm rite here

Dana White: @Xalgusod @youranonnews good for them! I know nothing about these guys and what they do. If they are not streaming my shit and hakn It idc

Dana White: @GTRMike1 @youranonnews I have never heard of anonymous. If they are not streaming my shit and hackin my website then I we have no beef

Dana White: @jcrugzz listen if you guys want to change the world, good for you! Just don’t steal my (expletive).

Anonymous (News): bwahahahah RT @CabinCr3w: Tossing some logs on the fire… expecting @danawhite soon. #CabinCr3w

Anonymous (News): @danawhite here, maybe this will show you what our work is and online work is important – Our work in Egypt: wearelegionthedocumentary.com/2012/turning-t

Dana White: @YourAnonNews idk anything about it. Not my deal. I have my own daily battles. IRS are not mine and mine are not yours.

Dana White:  @YourAnonNews I’m sure you do but if u are ok with streaming my product or (expletive) with my website that’s not the way to do it.

Anonymous (Ops): d0x on @danawhite – pastebin.com/D1zRYSYd #CabinCr3w via: @CabinCr3w:

III. The Knockout

Shortly after members of Anonymous created a tag on Twitter -- #OpUFC and began exchanging tips about attacking the site and going after Mr. White personally.  They breached the site's backend at 3 a.m., defacing the page yet again and redirecting its traffic to a webpage by the (intended ironic) name "ugNazi".

Josh Matthews, a respected anon and the admin of ugNazi writes then leaked Dana White's personal information writing:

JoshTheGod Josh Matthews 
(RT this): @danawhite pastebin.com/D1zRYSYd #ufc #sopa #acta #pipa #d0x

The Pastebin linked above appears to contain Dana White's various properties, including his home address, his social security number,  his phone number, and his criminal history.

Soon after a copycat reportedly released info on Dana White's family members, which JoshTheGod condemned.|

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The hackers scored a "knockout blow" on UFC President Dana White, quieting his anti-Anonymous rhetoric.  (For the non-MMA folks out there, this is a tribute to the famous "Rashad Face" meme. [Original Image Source: UFC]


But the fallout was clear -- Anonymous had delivered a knockout shot to Dana White.  But after the fight was over Mr. White remains defiant and continues to taunt Anonymous.  He writes:

danawhite Dana White: 
@Anonymous_420 ya ya u told me. Go get creepy and try to be scary somewhere else. That shit don't work here dork.

And he later posted, "I am the f---ing king of free speech."

But today after he perhaps became aware of his doxing he clammed up and has been silent on Twitter, dropping his repeated comparisons of Anonymous to terrorists.  Maybe Mr. White has grown a bit punch shy.  Or maybe he's just biding his time and plotting a rematch with Anonymous.

Either way, this has been a pretty interesting scrap thus far.


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RE: Libel?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/28/2012 10:09:08 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
There's a mechanism for citizens it have a voice in government. It's called voting.


You're funny if you actually believe that.

What has happened over the past 200 years is lawmakers have added layer after layer of bureaucracy on top of the Government the Constitution originally laid out. To the point that the day to day decision making and running of this monstrous bureaucracy is totally hidden and out of the hands of the voting public.

For the most part voting doesn't actually change the bureaucracy and practices of them, it just changes the people sitting over them. Politicians know this, which is why the only thing that will get them to listen to you or care is large sums of money. Usually.

If you want to limit the impact of lobbying, bribery, whatever. You HAVE to limit the powers and size of the government first. Which is what the whole point of the Constitution was in the first place. We've just lost our way.


RE: Libel?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/28/2012 10:23:05 AM , Rating: 2
Actually in most cases lobbying actually HELPS them get re-elected. How many times have you heard some politician say something like;

"My constituents asked me to look into (whatever lobbying group concern) and I heard you! I drafted Bill (such and such abomination) and got it passed through Congress and signed by the President!!"

Point is, lobbying is only viewed as "bribery" and wrong when it pushes an issue we don't like. Human nature being what it is. If we view the end result as benefiting us or being overall "good", we conveniently leave out how it helped get it drafted, passed through House/Senate, and signed into law.


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