Skip to comments.Hackers target CIA, Mexican, Alabama websites
Posted on 02/10/2012 9:12:19 PM PST by Daffynition
(CNN) -- Websites affiliated with the CIA, Mexico's mining ministry and the state of Alabama were down Friday, allegedly done in by hackers, government officials and a well-known hacking group reported.
A message Friday on a Twitter page and Tumblr feed affiliated with the hacking group known as Anonymous celebrated that the Central Intelligence Agency's website had been taken down.
The posting read: "CIA TANGO DOWN: https://www.cia.gov/ #Anonymous." A later one pointed to a news story indicating "#Anonymous hackers hit CIA, U.N., Mexico websites."
Numerous outside reports indicated the CIA's website was down, and CNN's attempts from late Friday afternoon into the evening to get onto the site failed.
I think last month, in the wake of the Megaupload shutdown, Anonymous also took down the websites for the Department of Justice, the Copyright Office, and the FBI.
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Expect a very stern letter in your inbox soon.
The Israeli version of this email would be:
Dear Mr. Anonymous:
Expect a very large bomb in your inbox soon.
or, in the alternative,
“Look out your window, schmuck!”
More along the lines of 'You've won a free smartphone with every bell and whistle imaginable! Start using it today!'
<<ring ring>> <<BOOM!>>
The question is - if they JUST break the Timeline, will that actually fix the world?
These are not kids surfing the net for pass words.
The dirty little secret is that Anonymous hackers work for ISP’s and search engines like Google, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, etc. They are rogue employees that can communicate with each other, off the ISP grid.
The internet is like water flowing through a network of pipes. These hackers are the ones that fix the pipes and know where the backup and side routes are that are used for overflow.
About 3 years ago researchers decompiled a trojan code to discover how it communicates with Command & Control (C&C) servers on the internet. They found that the Torpig botnet deployed a domain flux approach: the botnet operators constantly move the domains of the C&C servers and never use their own computers.
Those botnet operations are what the Anonymous hackers latched onto and organized themselves not to make money, but for political purposes.
As soon as an Anonymous hacker is spotted, the hacker can immediately see the attacker also and either disappear, or attack the attacker’s computer.
Our counter-hackers have a great difficulty armoring themselves to do battle in this cyber-world.
“These are not kids surfing the net for pass words.”
I’m frustrated that no one in the media and government is willing to talk about the internet insiders that constitute Anonymous.
Obviously we are not catching them.
Many are international employees of ISP’s and some are their top tech people.
Our national strategy is to harden our servers. That’s fine but Anonymous will keep going and wreak havoc all over the planet at whomever they choose.
They can take down Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo (particularly vulnerable) and any other business anytime they want.
Eventually the really big servers are going to get firewalled on a country by country basis which will greatly slow down the internet and increase government control of content for each country that circles the wagons.
Digital forensic investigators have to set out “honeypots” to catch the bot and then inject code to track it back to the origin.
The problem is, that constitutes trespass on legitimate, private servers that the internet uses. We have not created an immunity for private counter-hackers to follow the strings wherever they go.
So it is up to government employees to do the work until they get hired away and told to stop by the corporate legal department.
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