Dana White: Why I told Anonymous to kiss my ass

by Michael Muller | source: inc.com

In 2011 UFC and Strikeforce parent company ZUFFA LLC vocally came out in support of the Stop Online Piracy Ac (SOPA), and ultimately unsuccessful bill to greatly expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property.

In response, an individual calling himself as JoshTheGod hacked the UFC site. JoshTheGod, real name Mir Islam, was a member of Underground Nazi H4ck3rHr0up, which is part of the loosely associated hacktivist group Anonymous.

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UFC President Dana White heard about the hacking during a video interview. In Time magazine's 2011 Man of the Year, Anonymous was ranked as one of the People Who Mattered, along with Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and Osama bin Laden, among others.

White's repsonse?

"I could give a shit if you knock my website down. Do it again! Go ahead. I dare you!"

Anonymous then publicly posted White's his telephone number, his social security number, and his home address.

Unfortunately, the address listed actually belonged to one Julie Breeler. A previous owner some 20 years ago, was named Dana and had a white cat.

Breeler then received non-stop phone calls from job seekers and others who hoped for a word with White. White went to Breeler's house to apologize for what he termed 'terrorist' activity, where he was met with a gun.

A Richmond, CA police offer tweeted aggressively in support of White, and was threatened with firing.

White finally took to Twitter and engaged In an extended debate of sorts with various Anonymous sympathisers. White, who has spoken at the Oxford Debating Society but is infamous for his colorful language, and a representative of Anonymous were by and large admirably cordial.

This week JoshTheGod was arrested by the FBI in a sting operation, as part of a wider investigation into credit card fraud.

In an interview with INC Magazine, White reflected on the incident.

"I was in Chicago for a fight when I found out these Anonymous guys had started crashing our site. During an interview, I looked right into the camera and dared them to do it again. I said, Who do you think I am, eBay? I'm in the fight business. I could give a shit if you knock my website down. Do it again! Go ahead. I dare you!

"You're gonna send some pizzas to my house and put my Social Security number out? Who gives a shit? If people really wanted to get your Social Security number, I'm sure they could find it. I'm supposed to bow down to you guys now? I'm going to come after you harder. If you want to fight me, you better pack a f—ing lunch, man. Because we're gonna go until somebody wins and somebody loses.

"You should have seen the kind of tweets their Twitter followers were sending me. All these mysterious threats, like, "We're watching you" and "We can find you." I told them, Come find me, you f---in' nerds. Here's my hotel. I'm in Chicago. Come find me.

"It was a Twitter war for days. And that's when it gets fun. You get these guys engaged, you get 'em going, and that's when you get the FBI involved. Because there's so much piracy of UFC merchandise, the FBI was already monitoring everything that was happening. But after Anonymous hacked our site, we also got U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security, involved. And it helps when they know when and where the hackers are going to attack. So I put my chin out there, and we knew they were gonna punch it. Two weeks after they attacked me, a lot of them started getting busted. I think we contributed to that.

"I stood up to these guys and challenged them when nobody else would. I've got no problem telling anybody in the world that this is how it went down. Yeah, they leaked some info and dropped our website for a couple of days, but I'm not gonna back down to these Internet bullies. If there are people out there who believe that they can steal or make money off of your intellectual property, I don't care who they are. You go after them, guns a-blazin', man. Guns a-blazin'."

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DYS site profile image  

6/30/12 1:24 AM by DYS

If Dana was as dumb and as fake as most of you make him out to be then why is he so successful? I hope his stupid rock hits me soon.

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6/30/12 1:13 AM by rundymc

Right, except this isn't about selling products, it's about selling a service. If the streamer provides a more attractive service, the consumer will use that service, plain and simple. So what does the UFC need to do? It needs to make those shitty streams less attractive. Give me a low cost, official, stream that doesn't set me back 60 bucks. Give me an alternative so I don't fall back on streams or catching it at a friend's place or bar.The music industry only just figured it out. No one pays for music at a store anymore, because there were free alternatives that were easier and didn't require you to head to a store. So you let them buy it and download it off the net (iTunes, Amazon), you let them pay a reasonable monthly fee to stream it (Spotify, pandora).The movie industry is doing the same, and the game industry is well on its way (Steam store, Origins).Piracy may be illegal, but it's still a reality and it's difficult, if not impossible, and counter-productive to combat it. Work around it. Give people something they'll pay for. Use the piracy as a marketing tool.

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6/30/12 1:10 AM by Drunkie

worthless story. dana and the ufc have done nothing at all to anon or josh.keep it fucking real. don't try an stand up acting like you did something when you didn't. here are the facts oh how an why josh went down.UGNazi's Leaders Arrested, The Jester takes creditUGNazi's Leaders Arrested, The Jester takes creditWe reported earlier that authorities apprehended a number of individuals suspected of trafficking credit card information and among them we found Mir Islam, also known on the hacking scene as JoshTheGod, the leader of the UGNazi collective.Authorities arrested him after he met up with an undercover FBI agent that posed as a “fellow carder.” Instead of receiving counterfeit credit cards, the hacker got a pair of shiny handcuffs.The FBI also seized ugnazi.com and thecarders.org carding forum, believed to be founded by Islam. A while ago, we detailed the feud that was going on between UGNazi and The Jester (th3j35t3r), which started when the hackers launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack on the site of the Wounded Warrior Project.At the time, The Jester published an empty blog post and promised that by the end of June the hacker collective would meet its end. It’s uncertain if he had any involvement in the FBI’s operation, but it seems that some of the clues he has given in the past month regarding the identity of JoshTheGod could be accurate.On June 7 and June 10, The Jester posted tweets that stated that the leader of UGNazi was involved in credit card fraud. “Lots has gone on since then, but the next crucial thing to notice is that my main target – ‘the leader’ AKA @joshthegod suddenly after having the biggest ego on the internet – went MIA – as of right now he is 6 days into his silence. This is no coincidence,” The Jester wrote on his blog.“Teaser: If I was a gambling man I might hazard a wager on the ‘CarderProfit Forum’ being a honeypot/sting that *someone* setup. Just a wild stab in the dark you understand,” he added.The Jester highlights that Mir Islam turned 18 a few days ago and that he can be prosecuted as an adult. via news.softpedia.com

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6/30/12 1:08 AM by Neph

Dana 1 People afraid to show their face 0

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6/30/12 1:00 AM by DucksnDoubles2

Right?Does Dana not understand that you can stream any UFC ppv pretty easily with no chance of getting caught?Dana thinks he is a little bit more influential than he really is....Internet still wins

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6/30/12 12:55 AM by NONURINAUMANA

And BLAF will never get them to stop. Again, not endorsing it just telling it how it is. And LOL at that fat carder script kiddie busted by the FBI being Anonymous.

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6/30/12 12:53 AM by NONURINAUMANA

Everyone is talking about sub-par streams but the reality is scene groups are releasing MMA events, not just UFC, in extremely good quality right up to 1080p encodes. Not telling people to do it but the content is out there. Just saying.

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6/30/12 12:35 AM by ausgepicht

Why lie and make shit up? You just sound like a moran.

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6/30/12 12:26 AM by Shogun121

You know someone needs to tell dana unnecessary stress is incredibly bad for Meniere’s disease. My father has it, doctors have told him he needs to cut out anything unnecessary that causes him stress or gets him upset, whenever he gets upset the vertigo takes him down for a day.Dana really could stop letting idiots on the internet get him worked up and fight them constantly, but his ego wont allow it.

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6/29/12 11:49 PM by Russianorkhan

I know of plenty of people of people who buy maybe 8 out 10 ppv"s and stream the other 2 because its not worth the money....some of them are people who have no problems with money but they just dont feel like paying for something thats not worth it...but they still maybe wanna see one fight from that shitty ppv...they will keep streaming regardless what dana or some of u say, and they are fans and supporters because they buy the other 8 out 10 cards...