If you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet in the past few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly heard endless debates about SOPA and PIPA. Trying to avoid it would be like walking outside and attempting to elude fresh air. It’s just not possible.
Well, if you haven’t heard, the UFC are strong supporters of the two bills that have the internet going apeshit, and unfortunately last week’s SOPA blackout didn’t convince them to back off. In fact, the UFC’s lead attorney Lawrence Epstein penned an pro-SOPA op-ed in The Las Vegas Review-Journal yesterday while UFC head honcho Lorenzo Fertitta fired off a letter to congress imploring them to stay the course.
While it’s unclear if their efforts have made any kind of impact with lawmakers, they certainly got the attention of a rogue hacking group. In retaliation for their public support of SOPA, UFC.com was hacked yesterday by a group who call themselves the UG Nazi’s. They didn’t do any major damage to the site that I’m aware of, however visitors were greeted with the above image of Hitler when they dropped by UFC.com yesterday afternoon.
You would think this would piss off Dana White, who tends to have a short fuse when he or his company are attacked, but it didn’t. Instead, he basically told everyone on Twitter that he’s in the fight business, not the website business, and he’s too busy watching football to “give a shit.”
Look, I understand why the UFC wants legislation pushed through that would help them fight their war against piracy, but SOPA and PIPA aren’t the answer. There’s a reason why most of the free world is against it. I’m not going to get into all that here, but the way I understand it, under these acts, MMAConvert.com and any other website you visit could be shut down if a copyright claim were made against it, whether it actually violated a copyright or not. So for that, I say SOPA and PIPA can stick it where the sun don’t shine.
Screenshot via MMAHQ
Update: The UFC has issued an official statement on the hacking.
“On Sunday, January 22nd, the UFC.com website was redirected by a criminal hacker to another website. The UFC website was quickly restored to the control of the UFC, and there is no evidence suggesting that any confidential information belonging to the company or its customers was compromised by the re-direction of the website. UFC representatives are continuing to investigate the matter and are working with law enforcement agents to prosecute those involved.”