ipoHAVOC CAUSING hacker activist group Operation Payback has extended its reach and strangled the life out of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s website.

Yesterday they apparently took down the MPAA’s website in the US, and today, though already busy, they have widened their focus and laid a smackdown on the UK IPO, knocking its website offline.

According to a blog post on the Panda security blog Anonymous is 4Chan, and yesterday a forum on that website published its list of targets and its timeline for attacks.

For example, we see that after the MPAA they went after Gene SImmons, the lead singer of Kiss, before moving on to attack the IPO.

The hackers, who have adopted the banner Operation Payback and the name Anonymous, have penned an open letter “to whom it concerns”, in which they spelled out their intentions and their problem with current freedom quashing copyright enforcement.

In its open letter the group warned, “You are forcing our hand by ignoring the voice of the people. In doing so, you bring the destruction of your iron grip of information ever closer. You have ignored the people, attacked the people and lied to the people. For this, you will be held accountable before the people, and you will be punished by them. We will not stop. We will not forget. We will prevail. We are anonymous.”

A note on the UK IPO website reads, “We are currently running a limited service on our website. We are working to resume a full service as soon as possible.”

Good luck with that, at least until the hackers of Anonymous get bored.