Skip to comments.Pro-WikiLeaks cyber army gains strength; thousands join DDoS attacks
Posted on 12/09/2010 2:37:11 PM PST by fightinJAG
Volunteers download attack tool, organizers recruit hacker botnets, say researchers
Computerworld - The retaliatory attacks by pro-WikiLeaks activists are growing in strength as hackers add botnets and thousands of people download an open-source attack tool, security researchers said today.
In recent days, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have been launched against several sites, including those belonging to Amazon, MasterCard, PayPal and the Swiss payment transaction firm PostFinance, after each terminated WikiLeaks accounts or pulled the plug on services.
As of Thursday, WikiLeaks had posted the full text of more than 1,200 leaked U.S. State Department cables from its trove of over 250,000 messages.
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Well, everyone is getting a useful real-world exercise in cyberwar.
I just tried Amazon and got right on. As far as I’m concerned the hackers deserve jail also.
I prefer shooting on sight.
O-Bozo needs to order the U.S. Military Cyber Command to Attack all the scum followed up by deploying the appropriate LEO/CIA/S.F./Delta Force to capture & send to GITMO all the scum!
This is a game to these little freaks. Severe punishment for all!
I have to admit, as a “nonperson” in cyberville, I’m getting a sort of kick out of this.
These are idiot script kittie being idiots.
Script Kittie - a derogatory term used to describe those who use scripts or programs developed by others to attack computer systems and networks and deface websites.
Trying to DoS Amazon is like spitting at a brick wall.
Not so fast. When the infomonster gets you in its maws, you'll be begging for their assistance.
Watch Jay Rockefeller now, he will say “This is why we must take control over the Internet, to prevent stuff like this WikiLeaks. Placing bets- 2:1 odds before Christmas break.
O-Bozo and his entire administration seem to have just shrugged their shoulders about this cyber terrorism and are ignoring it. Now there's leadership for you. /s
LOL! Kids on computers!
Un hunh. Famous last words.
They probably imagine themselves being of the same ilk that took down AGIS and Sanford Wallace. Let ‘em burn up their botnets. It’ll cut down on spam for awhile once they’re shut down.
I think we are just seeing the beginning of this. Forget nukes and chemical weapons. All you need is a group of skinny young twerps in mommie’s basement to bring down the grid!
I want a cruise missile that can do a tracert.
I agree. But I also hope that companies and governments are at least learning some lessons here on how to protect themselves (and, as applicable, us).
Why is the govt allowing access of its computers to so many people?They’ve no one to blame but themselves for being lax. Try to get away w not paying your taxes. No laid-back attitude there.
I’m not enjoying it and those who violate laws or otherwise harm our security must be punished. At the same time, everybody sitting around fat, dumb and happy now knows they have to take serious steps to keep the freaks from harming and winning in the future.
right. lock up the freaks so that the machines can keep you safe.
maws Huh? What’s that? and what is an infomoster? Explain please.
THe /b/tards are hitting the frontend of visa mastercard paypal etc.
UNless these little script kiddies go after the servers that run the APIs for merchant processors and CC VARs, this attack is all hat and no cattle.
TO attack the APIs becomes a Federal Offense with really severe penalties if found guilty.
Again, all hat and no cattle.
Does that apply to the Gitmo people? Does it apply to the 800 terrorists we have had to let go in Afghanistan? Does it apply to the criminals w3ho are breaking into homes all over the country?
Or are you just blowing wind?
You have to be kidding. The Great Zero would not dare infringe on the feelings of these people. He would rather bow to Muslims.
And besides sending them to Gitmo might cause the current residents there to have their feelings hurt when some non-muslims are associating with them.
I'd view that as a Bonus for the War On Terror.
When Assange and his running dog lackeys targeted the factory that makes my insulin as a critical resource to be taken out someday he actually endangered my life.
People who come forward and support Assange become, in my personal opinion, fair targets for similar treatment.
To the degree Google.com can make archival copies of what they had to say, I think they could be tracked down and hurt really bad.
Not sure that's what they intended ~ but that's what they'll get for this sort of nonsense.
Anyone have any neat ideas for how I might hurt them ~ and not just torture ~ I've got that part down pat. Something a bit more clever and permanent ~ make OTHERS back off from this stuff.
They need to find a few of them hanging from lampposts, on the end of a Cat 5 cable.
I’m not laughing, because this is a planned liberal attack using Assange...to give Obama (NWO) the control of the internet, and we will not be able to use it freely. Free Republic will be shut down, along with many conservative sites in the future.
Then you will need to be submitted to ‘net neutrality’ in order to use the internet, IF THE FCC GETS THEIR WAY.
The State Dept is behind this RELEASE of Classified documents, and KOH ...Obama’s appointee needs to be checked out...he believes in International Law, Sharia Law for the USA>..this Wikileaks is just a TOOL OF THE LEFT TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT THEY WANT TO ACCOMPLISH, PERIOD!
SMOKE AND MIRRORS.
Agreed...at the VERY minimum. That doesn't shock me, though. What does is that not even conservative talk radio is making much of it. I really don't know why Obama is getting a near total pass on this potentially very dangerous situation.
I fail to see how this is any different from blowing up highways and bridges. These hackers are trying to stop the movement of goods and services. It’s time to declare these hackers terrorists and enemies of America.
Like I said, at a certain level, it’s all good.
Who said that?
ignoring - or behind it - to create chaos.
chaos = martial law = Republican Congress does not get seated = Congress 'dead" for 6 months = U.S. dead
Too bad we can’t use the Redress of Wrongs Article of the UCMJ and file charges against them.
And while some protest how difficult it actually would be to create trouble for the big guys (Amazon, MasterCard etc.) — and that involves some rather large assumptions over time — the fact remains that “death by a thousand paper cuts” is a method.
The overall point is that there a lot of lessons to learned from this episode, at a whole bunch of levels.
Facial branding, like the British did in the 1700s. Or the similar Bowie-knife procedure shown in Inglorious Basterds.
O-Bozo and his entire administration seem to have just shrugged their shoulders about this cyber terrorism and are ignoring it. Now there’s leadership for you. /s
Something tells me Assange and WikiLeaks has that Obama passport that has his country of birth as “Kenya”.
Well, those are certainly novel ideas ~ but simple branding and maming aren’t all that permanent these days with laser facials and carbon fiber prosthetics getting so common ~
They be jumpin' ~ (close enough anyways for this http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x17oly_the-joint-is-jumpin-fats-waller_music )
What all these rocket scientists fail to realize is that through careful study of router logs, they can all be traced. It might take a year or so, but I’d prosecute every one of them. Last I checked, its a felony. They are using some piece of software they think hides their identity, but they will soon find that they are mistaken. They can now be traced to the nodes of their ISP, and should at the minimum have their internet access cut by their isp, or the isp gets bounced. This could be an easy problem to solve, if their were adults at the helm.