Skip to comments.Warned of an Attack on the Internet, and Getting Ready
Posted on 03/31/2012 5:33:43 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
On a quiet Sunday in mid-February, something curious attracted the attention of the behind-the-scenes engineers who scour the Internet for signs of trouble. There, among the ubiquitous boasts posted by the hacking collective Anonymous, was a call to attack some of the networks most crucial parts.
The message called it Operation Global Blackout, and rallied Anonymous supporters worldwide to attack the Domain Name System.
It declared when the attack would be carried out: March 31. And it detailed exactly how: by bombarding the Domain Name System with junk traffic in an effort to overwhelm it altogether.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
You mean, it will work like the cell phones around here? I’m used to that. (Even if I am thinking about having a ‘cell phone shoot’.)
just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean they're not watching every.thing.you.do!
Crap; that’s today. Should I wrap my router in tinfoil?
I was going to read the article. Then I noticed it was from the NYSlimes.
I web surf, therefor I am.
Well since I’m reading this on FR this morning, I’m thinking they must be late sleepers or IT DIDN’T WORK! Loosers find something else to entertain yourselves, like jumping off high places with no safety nets.
I think you are supposed to put a paper bag over your head and lay on the floor.
I have the paperbag leftover from Y2K with the eye-cutouts, so I’ll re-use that one.
I’m thinking they’re just a bunch of script kiddies, and they aren’t as good as they think they are.
I have the paperbag leftover from Y2K with the eye-cutouts, so Ill re-use that one.
(I do that with all my base-ball caps)
All they're succeeding in doing is allowing cover for more invasion of privacy by government - exactly what they rail against.
99% of internet traffic is junk anyway so how are they actually gonna pull it off?
Did they hire a bunch of jr high boys and girls to surf the web more than usual, or did some of you Freepers inadvertently help them out today?
“You have to line the inside of the bag with tin foil.”
Busy working on that now.
If they do this, then every site may perform like FR!
(lol I know, that was mean)
>>>Crap; thats today. Should I wrap my router in tinfoil?
That, or brass window screen material.
Scott Dunbar One Man Band Singing Tin Foil Hat
Actually, I think their attack might have worked a bit. Now when I click anything on FR, it takes 30 seconds instead of 20.
Opps hit the wrong post button lol....
Scott Dunbar One Man Band Singing Tin Foil Hat
Heck, that's nothing. I was going to read this article, then I noticed I didn't have any Internet.
I stop on an interesting title then I see NYT and continue on to the next post.
I was gonna post a reply to you but I can't login...
(I'll try later when the Internet is working again...)
I wish these guys would take out the GPS system instead. We have a bunch of ZOMBIES driving around now that don’t even know what part of the state they’re in, much less what highway they’re on - once that little screen goes dead.
Amen. Many FedEx drivers still carry a hard copy atlas; since GPS is so unreliable.
This could be easily circumvented by running your own caching DNS server, or putting the IPs of the sites you use in your /etc/hosts file.
I looked up the numerical IP addresses for a couple sites I use all the time, just in case.
I know what I came up with for an IP for FR, but I’m new at the process, and I got back the text “Non-authoritative answer” along with the IP when I looked so I’m leery of posting any potentially incorrect address for others.
If someone confidently knows the FR “Latest Articles” url as an IP address perhaps it could be posted here?
Just in case...
My wife after she got her new job about 5 years back ran out and bought a 300 Garman unit (About the size of a loaf of bread) and kept telling me how good it was. So about a month later her workplace was shutdown for a long weekend and we went for a trip to Cleveland. She wanted to show me how well the Garmin worked so she entered the Address of our Hotel and off we went.
The Garmin unit performed well for awhile until we hit a detour and then it started saying "recalculating" over and over. (She had no idea how to adjust the unit for a detour AND she left the instruction book at home...) I kept a running commentary on how nice it was to hear "Recalculating" over and over for 15 minutes straight.
Finally we get near the hotel (according to the Garmin) after it had adjusted to the new route it led us to a dead end road under an overpass on the highway and declared we had arrived at our destination. The only thing near is for a mile in any direction was an abandoned factory. She reached over and quietly turned off the unit and called the Hotel for directions... I laughed all the way to the hotel...
LOL...I still consult a map when traveling somewhere.
There’s nothing wrong with using GPS—it’s incredibly handy, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar town.
However, it should be part of a navigational PACE plan. When my family travels it always goes:
Alternate: Printed-out Google Maps directions
Emergency: Cell phone call to a family member with access to the internet!
With the advent of smartphones, we can now use Google Maps on our phones as a new Alternate step.
So here’s a url for the latest articles tab, in case the DNS server isn’t available:
If you do, please let me know where you bought it. All I can find is that aluminum stuff!
my bad, I know it’s “loser”, that’s what I get for TBC, typing before coffee:)
Found some copper foil, 0.001” thick, 6” x 6”, 10-pak, $34.99
Tin foil just ain’t available.
these people obviously are unaware of the way that DNS works. There is a lot of caching that goes on behind the scenes. Your browser caches data, your ISP caches data, if there is another provider upstream from them, it may well have DNS entries cached as well. If you timeout whilst querying for a given domain the last known good data will be used. Additionally, the root servers (which is what they are targeting here), don’t have DNS information for “www.google.com”. Instead, it has information that tells folks where to look for google.com. Google itself provides the IP address(es) for the “WWW” subdomain.
“Alternate: Printed-out Google Maps directions
HELLO!! 2012, dingbat.
Puuuuhleease, don’t EVER doubt today’s ‘techonology’ or you might be labeled as an EXTREMIST.
Good point - I'm outta here ( and it April 1st...)