This is my blog from yesterday that I submitted but didn't go through while I worked on my next one before my computer crashed.
Since we've been talking about virtual realities as well as affects on reality in class the past two weeks, it's reminded me of the "virtual attacks" on sites that withdrew support from Wikileaks by a group called "Anonymous" that has been going for the past few weeks since WIkileaks was taken down by their server provider. They say that they're not really a group, but more of an "internet gathering". The way they described themselves and what they do reminded me of any social website, not necessarily facebook though but more like gaiaonline where there are forums for discussion, but in any case, these attacks the group has done has actually not caused any law enforcement. This ties into my last blog a week ago where the issue of online virtual items can actually be considered property. Do these attacks on these virtual intangible websites have free reign since enforcing law over the cyberwebs is debatable as well as difficult?
The group uses a known program to enact these attacks on these actual companies, but can the companies sue the individuals in Anonymous for causing either intermittent lag or complete shut down of their websites and thus their companies?
These companies are set in reality, but virtually and being attacked through that medium and apparently there was a member in the group with 30000 machines and botnets at his disposal to use, is there anything the companies can do to protect their virtual parts?