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Clicking Links Can Auto-Opt You Into Anonymous DDoS Attacks

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By Graham Cluley

In the past, Anonymous has encouraged supporters to install a program called LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) which allows computers to join in an attack on a particular website, blasting it with unwanted traffic. This time, things are slightly different: you only have to click on a web link to launch a DDoS attack.



We’ve seen many links posted on Twitter, and no doubt elsewhere on the internet, pointing to a page on the website. If you visit the webpage, and do not have JavaScript disabled, you will instantly, without user interaction, begin to flood a website of Anonymous’s choice with unwanted traffic, helping to perpetuate a DDoS attack.



Don’t forget, denial-of-service attacks are illegal. If you participate in such an attack you could find yourself receiving a lengthy jail sentences.

With this method, however, Anonymous might be hoping that participants could argue that they did not knowingly assist in the DDoS attack, and clicked on the link in innocence without realising what it would do.

I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t tell you if that’s going to be an adequate defense or not if you end up in court.


Warning: Twitter Users To Be Jailed, Tricked Into Joining Anonymous Cyber Attacks On U.S. Gov’t


By Daily Mail UK


Hacker group Anonymous have become a cult hit on Twitter, with 249,000 followers – but security experts Sophos warn that fans, are being tricked into taking part in its attacks. Links being forwarded via Twitter actually make people’s PCs part of Anonymous’s ‘denial of service’ attacks against U.S. government sites and anti-piracy organisations.

The links are being forwarded as part of Anonymous’s recent ‘Operation Megaupload’ – a retaliation for the U.S. government ‘taking down’ a file-sharing site. They look like ordinary web links, but launch cyber attacks from whatever PC you access them on. People who click the links unwittingly become part of Anonymous’s attacks – and hit any website that the ‘hacktivist’ group chooses.

It’s a change of tactics for Anonymous – and security experts warn that claiming you clicked on a link by accident may not be a defense. The attacks, a ‘denial of service’ attack, rely on thousands of PCs sending information to sites at once to crash them.

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    • Anti-Zion

      Anno is being setup and they would not be so stupid as to think they can bring down the internet by blocking a few TLD DNS server espically when have one has had the time to update all the data across millions of DNS and can simply turn updates off.

      it is quite easy to write a bit of script and use a timer to make calls to web sites XYZ as part of a DDOS attack and if 10% of the population ran the script then the internet would indeed go down and you don’t even need script and could get the same results with lots of 1px by 1px images on a page without the need for any javascript.

      Lots of people know this and it only takes one ten year old hacktavist to put a bit of script out and say they are part of Annon or for a government dis-info agent to do the same and Obama will be telling us how good ACTA is going to be for us all.

      i’m calling BS on this story and i’m calling BS on Anon trying to take down the internet in any numbers on the 8th and it would only go down if Obama wanted to make a point because TCP/IP was designed that way to withstand large parts going down due to nuclear attack and in any case using URL’s and not IP-Addresses would mean the attack would end up cutting itself off.

      DDOS attacks could in theory, if we all participated stop the net but the next day it would be back up and TPTB will use this to build better ways to protect systems.

      Shock won’t do the job but cancer might.

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