Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Anonymous recruits Wikis 'data army'

The tool through which attacks are carried out against websites perceived to be anti-Wikis has now been downloaded more than 31,000 times.
Security experts warned people to avoid joining the voluntary botnet.
Targets of the loose-knit group Anonymous have so far included Visa, Mastercard and Paypal.
Amazon is expected to be among firms targeted next using the Anonymous attack tool known as LOIC. When a person installs the tool on their PC it enrols the machine into a voluntary botnet which then bombards target sites with data.
Motivation Anonymous member Coldblood told the BBC that he did not understand how firms such as Visa and Mastercard have decided that Wikis is illegal.
"We feel that they have bowed to government pressure. They say Wikis broke their terms and conditions but they accept payments from groups such as the Klu Klux Klan," he told the BBC.
He said that he has not personally taken part in the recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks but explained the motives of those who have.
"Everyone is aware that they are illegal but they feel that it is a worthy cause and the possible outcome outweighs the risk," he said.
He said such attacks were only one tactic in its fight to keep the information being distributed by Wikis available.

In a twist to the story it has emerged that Amazon, which last week refused to host Wikis, is selling a Kindle version of the documents Wikis has . Anonymous have named the online retailer as its next target.
rlier attacks against Visa and Mastercard knocked the official websites of the two offline for a while and resulted in problems for some credit card holders.
The attacks have been relatively small so far mustering less then 10 gigabits per second of traffic, said Paul Sop, chief technology r at Prolexic which helps firms to defend themselves against the type of attack being employed by Anonymous.
"What's rlly wrking havoc with these enterprises is how often the attackers can rotate the attack vectors," he said. "We see the attack complexity being more devastating as the mitigation technologies enterprises use can't filter out all these permutations."
Defending against an attack typically involves analysis to work out which ones are being employed. A tactic that may not work well in this case, he said.
"These Anonymous attacks are like riding a bull, they can change wildly and at a moment's notice," said Mr Sop.
Carole Thierault, a security resrcher at Sophos, warned against getting involved with the Anonymous campaign.
"No-one, no matter how much you want to take part, should do this," she said. "It is very risky, and most probably illegal."
Ms Thierault said downloading and installing the LOIC attack tool was very risky.
"No-one should download unknown on to their system," she said. "You're giving access to your computer to a complete stranger."

Coinciding idls

As well as relsing the attack tool, the Anonymous group has also been active in helping to crte mirror sites. To date there are over one thousand sites offering exact copies of the content on Wikis.
It is also ensuring the information is available on dark nets, hvily encrypted layers of the internet via which information can be extracted while remaining untracble.
The DDoS attacks are the latest battle in a wider fight known as Operation Payback, which targets firms Anonymous sees as "misusing the internet".
Past targets include the music industry and law firms associated with the attempt to bring music pirates to book.
The new-found attention on Anonymous has led the group to publish its manifesto.
In it, it denies that it is a group of s.
"Anonymous is not an organisation...and it most certainly is not a group of s," it said.
"Anonymous is an online living consciousness, comprised of different individuals with, at times, coinciding idls and goals."
It also keen to distance itself from Coldblood, who it said is not a spokesperson for the group.

Source: BBC

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