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  • Pro-WikiLeaks cyber army gains strength; thousands join DDoS attacks

    12/09/2010 2:37:11 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 44 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Dec . 9, 2010 | Gregg Keizer
    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...
  • MasterCard site partially frozen by hackers in WikiLeaks 'revenge'

    12/08/2010 5:44:40 AM PST · by maggief · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 8, 2010 | Esther Addley
    The website of MasterCard, the international credit card, has been hacked and partially paralysed by hackers, in apparent revenge for the payment network's decision to cease taking donations to WikiLeaks. A group of online activists calling themselves Anonymous appear to have orchestrated a DDOS ("distributed denial of service") attack on the site, bringing its service at www.mastercard.com to a halt for many users. "Operation: Payback" is the latest salvo in the increasingly febrile technological war over WikiLeaks. MasterCard announced on Monday that it would no longer process donations to the whistleblowing site, claiming it was engaged in illegal activity.
  • Facebook Traces Web Havoc to Attack on Blogger [massive DoS attack on pro-Georgian LJ blogger]

    08/07/2009 1:11:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 939+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2009-08-07 | Jessica E. Vascallero
    Facebook Inc. is providing new details of how an attack aimed at a Georgian blogger Thursday disrupted its site and crashed others, including Twitter Inc. and LiveJournal Inc. The company rooted out the cause of the massive denial-of-service attack, said Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt, after noticing that the compromised computers that began flooding its site Thursday morning were directing traffic to the profile page of a single pro-Georgian blogger, who uses the account name "Cyxymu," the name of a town in the Republic of Georgia. The Cyxymu blogger couldn't immediately be reached. In a blog post Friday, Twitter co-founder Biz...
  • (St Louis) Tax Day Tea Party Site Hit By Denial of Service Attack

    03/29/2009 2:10:02 PM PDT · by abb · 49 replies · 3,302+ views
    St. Louis Tea Party ^ | March 29, 2009 | Staff
    The coalition responsible for the February 27 and April 15 Tea Parties has been under an orchestrated, coordinated distributed denial of service (ddos) attack since Friday, March 27. Efforts to thwart the attack continue. The attacks prevent the public from reaching the organization’s main site and prevent administrators and volunteers from updating information on the site. While the attacking IP addresses indicate locations in Russia, China, and other European and Asian locations, the attack is most likely being conducted by a United States citizen or political group opposed to the Tea Party concepts of smaller government, lower taxes, strict adherence...
  • An Election Day Dirty Trick to Watch For: Distributed Denial-Of-Service Attacks

    11/04/2008 3:01:00 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 6 replies · 1,231+ views
    e.politics ^ | November 7th, 2006 | cpd
    I’m leaving blow-by-blow coverage of election results to the approximately one million sites that will be looking at them in detail all through the night, but in the true spirit of election day, here’s a really nasty trick to consider. As an article by Scott Berinato in this month’s Wired magazine describes, distributed denial-of-service attacks can shut down the web servers of companies and organizations within minutes, even if they’ve taken measures to protect themselves. How do they work? Hackers penetrate inadequately protected computers (yours?) and install software (a “bot”) that hides in the background until it’s triggered by a...
  • Hackers to Attack Bill O'Reilly? (and Fox News)

    09/19/2008 1:28:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 59 replies · 395+ views
    G4TV ^ | Friday, September 19, 2008 | Stephen Johnson
    We hear on the internet underground that hackers and/or script-kiddies have declared an internet war against Fox News and columnist Bill O'Reilly and plan a cyber-assault for later today. Reportedly, parts of O'Reilly's site have already been compromised. This is serious business, no doubt. To get to the bottom of the issue, we spoke to an insider, a frequent poster on a certain well known online support group for young-adult agoraphobics where these things are planned and executed. He prefers to remain anonymous. (We starred-out the names of internet sites because, apparently, they don't like to be noticed.) G4: What...
  • JimRob & John Robinson - GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER - or the Nut Roots will take down Free Republic

    09/17/2008 10:28:43 AM PDT · by KayEyeDoubleDee · 354 replies · 1,787+ views
    <p>Chicago radio station WGN-AM is again coming under attack from the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama for offering airtime to a controversial author. It is the second time in recent weeks the station has been the target of an "Obama Action Wire" alert to supporters of the Illinois Democrat.</p>
  • Micosoft Update KB951748 (WinXP) kills ZoneAlarm Firewall

    07/09/2008 12:29:36 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 75 replies · 581+ views
    ZoneAlarm forum ^ | July 9, 2008 | ZoneAlarm forum moderator
    We are investigating the issue with the MS update KB951748. For the time being we suggest you uninstall KB951748 until the issue has been resolved. We will post when we have more information Best regards, Forum Moderator
  • Officials Probe Lieberman Web Site Crash

    08/10/2006 1:17:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 53 replies · 1,410+ views
    AP ^ | 8/10/6 | PAT EATON-ROBB
    U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman's campaign Web site remained offline Thursday, and federal and state authorities were investigating why it crashed on the eve of this week's defeat in a high-profile primary. The site, Joe2006.com, appeared to have suffered from a so-called "denial of service" attack, in which computers overwhelm a site with fake traffic so real visitors can't get through, said Richard M. Smith, an Internet security consultant in Brookline, Mass. The Lieberman campaign denied speculation among liberal Web pundits that the centrist Democrat's Web site had simply crashed because it used a low-budget Web host unable to handle the...
  • Lieberman Web Site Down, Lamont Supporters Blamed

    08/08/2006 9:52:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 1,564+ views
    Lieberman Web Site Down, Lamont Supporters Blamed Image Tamsen Fadal Reporting (CBS/AP) HARTFORD, Conn. The Joe Lieberman campaign claims it's been victimized by computer hackers who support his challenger Ned Lamont for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. The senator's official campaign Web site, Lieberman2006.com, is down and has been down since this morning. The site has been hacked and apparently it has been so thorough that the senator's campaign can't even use e-mail.
  • Fret About PC Zombie Threat?

    05/28/2005 8:47:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 655+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 05/27/05 | Scarlet Pruitt
    Fret About PC Zombie Threat? Scarlet Pruitt, IDG News Service Fri May 27,12:00 PM ET LONDON-- Worried about zombies? Internet users concerned about the number of virus-infected PCs ready to launch an attack over the Web can at least keep track of how afraid they should be--and satisfy their curiosity--by visiting CipherTrust Inc.'s new ZombieMeter resource. The security company added the ZombieMeter to its Web site this week, offering visitors hourly information on the global activity of new zombies by tracking data it receives through its IronMail e-mail security appliances. Zombiesare Internet-connected computers that have been infected by malicious code...
  • Microsoft, Protecting us yet again

    04/13/2005 6:32:56 AM PDT · by chronic_loser · 26 replies · 628+ views
    Ryan Naraine - eWEEK The Microsoft security train made its scheduled monthly stop on Tuesday, dropping off eight updates to cover 18 vulnerabilities in a range of widely deployed products. Five of the eight advisories are rated "critical" and Redmond officials are urging customers to apply at least three immediately as high-priority updates. The top three include fixes for high-risk flaws in Microsoft Corp.'s implementation of the TCP/IP stack; a cumulative patch for the Internet Explorer browser; and a patch for a remote code-execution hole in the enterprise-focused Microsoft Exchange Server.