Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 12:16 UTC
Internet & Networking It looks like several companies are learning what happens when you mess with the internet - and they're learning it the hard way. Several major companies have been hit by the collective powers of Anonymous after 4chan launched several distributed denial-of-service attacks. What many have been predicting for a long time now has finally happened: an actual war between the powers that be on one side, and the internet on the other. Update: PayPal has admitted their WikiLeaks snub came after pressure from the US government, and Datacell, which takes care of payments to Wikileaks, is threatening to sue MasterCard over Wikileaks' account suspension. Update II: is down due to the attack. Update III: PayPal has caved under the pressure, and will release the funds in the WikiLeaks account.
E-mail Print r 26   · Read More · 303 Comment(s)
Thread beginning with comment 452700
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Puny attacks
by twitterfire on Wed 8th Dec 2010 15:48 UTC
Member since:

The attacks seems to be very weak and unprofessional. The organizers are relying on some people voluntarily running a .net program on their PCs. Not really a mass attack, no distributed dos, no large botnets consisting in at least tens of thousands of computers. It's like trying to demolish a 50 floor building with a hammer or like trying to cut a forest using a swiss knife.

They took down easy a small bank network and a small swedish site but trying to dos amazon's and paypal's asses down, that's entirely another story. I don't know if it's doable, but to have a decent chance of success you need to use very large botnets, hundreds of thousands of zombies.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Puny attacks
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 15:49 in reply to "Puny attacks"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:

They brought down MasterCard.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[2]: Puny attacks
by fretinator on Wed 8th Dec 2010 17:59 in reply to "RE: Puny attacks"
fretinator Member since:

They brought down MasterCard.


Reply Parent Score: 8

RE: Puny attacks
by aledujke on Wed 8th Dec 2010 16:29 in reply to "Puny attacks"
aledujke Member since:

No the attacks are effective... and organized. You just log in with loic and the irc topic or one of the ops take controll of loic on your pc.

And ".net program" works on linux over wine with .net libraries (you can install them with winetricks) very well

also pandalabs has good coverage ddos:

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE: Puny attacks
by sorpigal on Wed 8th Dec 2010 17:56 in reply to "Puny attacks"
sorpigal Member since:

You get all kinds of ineffectual people when things like this go on, but for every thousand of those who who wouldn't know a ping of death from a phishing scam there are one or two who own a piece of a botnet. And, for some of these people, the internet is srsbzns, and wikileaks is part of the internet.

Don't be fooled in to thinking that the people who post cats on 4chan are the same ones making these headlines. Think of 4chan as more of a cheering squad: You can't be blamed for supporting the DDoSers if no one knows your name.

Reply Parent Score: 2