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Friday, January 20, 2012

Federal websites back online after Anonymous attack

Most of the websites shut down by a hackers group were up and running early Friday, including the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and some entertainment sites after one of the federal government's largest anti-piracy crackdowns.

"Hacktivist" collective Anonymous took credit for taking down the sites Thursday after the arrests of leaders of and shut down the popular hub for illegal media downloads.

Hours after the announcement of the arrests, some of Megaupload's fans turned the table on the feds, knocking the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI websites offline.

Both sites appeared to be back up early Friday. A law enforcement official told CNN the FBI was investigating.

Anonymous said 10 websites in all were targeted and early Friday the sites for music publishing and licensing group, BMI and record company Universal Music were still down.

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