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Overnight Rating For Second "UFC On Fox" Telecast Down 23% From Debut
Published January 30, 2012
MUCH OBLIGED: ESPN.com’s Josh Gross reported days after “dismissing a cyber attack launched against UFC.com, UFC president Dana White said he welcomed another assault on the online hub of his promotion.” White on Thursday said, "Keep hacking our site. Do it again. Do it tonight. These guys look like terrorists now, and a bill that was about to die is about to come back." Just after 3:00am Friday morning, Anonymous -- the “collective responsible for online attacks against corporations and U.S. government websites -- hacked into the back-end of UFC's web page.” The “incursion, Anonymous promised, was Round 1 to #OpUFC, a topic that ... trended globally overnight on Twitter.” The online attack on UFC.com was “apparently prompted by UFC parent company Zuffa's support for two pieces of federal Internet anti-piracy legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA)” (ESPN.com, 1/27).