The official website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, has been taken down by a group of hackers. According to The Next Web Insider
, people visiting the site of the "world's most popular" collective of martial artists were automatically redirected to the hackers' site, UGNazi.com.
The reason for the attacks are due to the UFC's support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is believed by many to be a means to censor internet content in the guise of protecting artists and movie directors from having their material bootlegged.
The hacking of the UFC.com
comes just days after a string of more serious hacks from the well-known group called Anonymous, who infiltrated sites for organizations such as the FBI (who is responsible for taking out the popular pirating site, MegaUpload), and the Department of Justice.
Many artists as well as internet companies strongly oppose
the SOPA and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), saying such bills are an unconstitutional blow to freedom of expression.
As for UFC.com itself, President Dana White did not seem remarkably concerned as he tweeted
in response to the hackers, "I'm in the fight biz not the website biz. Who gives a s**t!?"
According GMA Network
, a recent piece by Lawrence Epstein, Executive Vice President of UFC's parent company, Zuffa, once again defended his and his company's stance
in support of the highly controversial SOPA and PIPA bills.