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.
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