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Pro-WikiLeaks cyber army gains strength; thousands join DDoS attacks
Computerworld ^ | Dec . 9, 2010 | Gregg Keizer

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at computerworld.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: criminalconspiracy; cultureofcorruption; cyberterrorism; denialofservice; dosattack; mastercard; organizedcrime; wikileaks

1 posted on 12/09/2010 2:37:13 PM PST by fightinJAG
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To: fightinJAG

Well, everyone is getting a useful real-world exercise in cyberwar.


2 posted on 12/09/2010 2:37:55 PM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: fightinJAG

I just tried Amazon and got right on. As far as I’m concerned the hackers deserve jail also.


3 posted on 12/09/2010 2:40:21 PM PST by Elkiejg (Democrats/Liberals/progressives are EVIL!!)
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To: Elkiejg
As far as I’m concerned the hackers deserve jail also.

I prefer shooting on sight.

4 posted on 12/09/2010 2:41:36 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( I can see 2012 from my cubicle...)
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To: fightinJAG

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!


5 posted on 12/09/2010 2:42:50 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: fightinJAG

This is a game to these little freaks. Severe punishment for all!


6 posted on 12/09/2010 2:42:58 PM PST by Bitsy
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To: fightinJAG

I have to admit, as a “nonperson” in cyberville, I’m getting a sort of kick out of this.


7 posted on 12/09/2010 2:44:05 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy.)
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To: fightinJAG

Cyberwarfare?

Please.

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.


8 posted on 12/09/2010 2:45:02 PM PST by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: Bitsy
This is a game to these little freaks. Severe punishment for all!

Not so fast. When the infomonster gets you in its maws, you'll be begging for their assistance.

9 posted on 12/09/2010 2:45:14 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy.)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


10 posted on 12/09/2010 2:45:34 PM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: SandRat
O-Bozo needs to order the U.S. Military Cyber Command to Attack all the scum

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

11 posted on 12/09/2010 2:45:46 PM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: fightinJAG

LOL! Kids on computers!


12 posted on 12/09/2010 2:45:54 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: PanzerKardinal
Trying to DoS Amazon is like spitting at a brick wall.

Un hunh. Famous last words.

13 posted on 12/09/2010 2:46:07 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy.)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


14 posted on 12/09/2010 2:47:19 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: fightinJAG

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!


15 posted on 12/09/2010 2:47:24 PM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: Wolfstar
I'd call it Willful Dereliction of Duty at the very minimum.
16 posted on 12/09/2010 2:49:06 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
I prefer shooting on sight.

I want a cruise missile that can do a tracert.

17 posted on 12/09/2010 2:49:13 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Elkiejg

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).


18 posted on 12/09/2010 2:50:13 PM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: fightinJAG

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.


19 posted on 12/09/2010 2:50:38 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response / "...and that's why the color yellow makes me sad, I think.")
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To: the invisib1e hand

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.


20 posted on 12/09/2010 2:52:28 PM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: fightinJAG

right. lock up the freaks so that the machines can keep you safe.


21 posted on 12/09/2010 2:53:20 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

maws Huh? What’s that? and what is an infomoster? Explain please.


22 posted on 12/09/2010 2:58:57 PM PST by Bitsy
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To: fightinJAG

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.


23 posted on 12/09/2010 3:03:11 PM PST by JerseyHighlander (p.s. The word 'bloggers' is not in the freerepublic spellcheck dictionary?!)
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To: Elkiejg

Me too.


24 posted on 12/09/2010 3:05:38 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: gov_bean_ counter
I prefer shooting on sight.

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?

25 posted on 12/09/2010 3:06:09 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: SandRat
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!

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.

26 posted on 12/09/2010 3:08:30 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: ProudFossil
... 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.

27 posted on 12/09/2010 3:12:11 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: fightinJAG
No, the best is yet to come.

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.

28 posted on 12/09/2010 3:14:44 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

They need to find a few of them hanging from lampposts, on the end of a Cat 5 cable.


29 posted on 12/09/2010 3:19:44 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: the invisib1e hand

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.


30 posted on 12/09/2010 3:22:08 PM PST by Kackikat (There is no such thing as a free lunch, because someone paid, somewhere.)
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To: SandRat
I'd call it Willful Dereliction of Duty at the very minimum.

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.

31 posted on 12/09/2010 3:33:09 PM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


32 posted on 12/09/2010 3:33:40 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: PanzerKardinal

Great news!


33 posted on 12/09/2010 3:35:20 PM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: tacticalogic

Like I said, at a certain level, it’s all good.


34 posted on 12/09/2010 3:36:35 PM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: the invisib1e hand

Who said that?


35 posted on 12/09/2010 3:37:47 PM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: Wolfstar
are ignoring it

ignoring - or behind it - to create chaos.

chaos = martial law = Republican Congress does not get seated = Congress 'dead" for 6 months = U.S. dead

36 posted on 12/09/2010 3:38:23 PM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: Wolfstar

Too bad we can’t use the Redress of Wrongs Article of the UCMJ and file charges against them.


37 posted on 12/09/2010 3:38:30 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: sergeantdave

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.


38 posted on 12/09/2010 3:41:41 PM PST by fightinJAG (Americans: the only people in the world protesting AGAINST government "benefits.")
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To: Kackikat

BINGO


39 posted on 12/09/2010 3:47:31 PM PST by maine-iac7 (We Stand Together of We Fall Apart)
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To: muawiyah
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.

Facial branding, like the British did in the 1700s. Or the similar Bowie-knife procedure shown in Inglorious Basterds.

40 posted on 12/09/2010 4:17:32 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Oh, Bother", said Pooh... as he chambered another round.)
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To: Wolfstar

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”.


41 posted on 12/09/2010 4:40:06 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (National Security begins at the Border)
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To: Charles Martel

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 ~


42 posted on 12/09/2010 5:17:02 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: tacticalogic
That'd be so poetic ~ oh, yeah, and fired up with several of those 5 volt USB ports ~ but we could hook them to a 700 cranking amps 12 volt SUV batteries too.

They be jumpin' ~ (close enough anyways for this http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x17oly_the-joint-is-jumpin-fats-waller_music )

43 posted on 12/09/2010 5:28:39 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: fightinJAG

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.


44 posted on 12/09/2010 5:42:03 PM PST by krogers58
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To: muawiyah
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

I've seen what my weed wacker does to any tree's bark that I get too close to, so I'd imagine it'd do a nasty job .......oh well you can use your imagination.....
45 posted on 12/09/2010 5:52:17 PM PST by krogers58
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