Coming off the heels of Operation: Payback where the "hacker" group Anonymous set its sights on taking down Aiplex Software with coordinated DDoS (denial-of-service) attacks. Now, Anonymous has set their sights on four major players involved in the recent WikiLeaks scandals.
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WikiLeaks, which at the time of posting this article was not available, is a non-profit media organization that makes available documents and other information most people would otherwise never be exposed to. As you can imagine, this can rub many businesses the wrong way and has given Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, and Swiss bank, PostFinance, reason enough to stop allowing donations to WikiLeaks and freezing of their assets. Master Card released a statement to Cnet,
...rules prohibit customers from directly or indirectly engaging in or facilitating any action that is illegal.
In response Anonymous has been attempting to get back at them with the use of a new tool they call LOIC or "Low Orbit Ion Cannon." This allows anyone who wants to participate in the attacks to willingly volunteer their computer as a traffic flooder. No software installation is required. They also added something called Hivemind which allows participants' computers to link up to the botnet, receive instructions, and attack at will. This is the process they used to make their moves on December 8th - 10th. Something to keep in mind is that LOIC doesn't mask your IP address which has resulted in several members being arrested already.
This isn't much different from how a usual Anonymous attack works. The tech savvy people there usually put together software that allows less capable members to participate. By far not everyone in that organization is what we would consider a "hacker." Still LOIC is a continued evolution of their tools but has some serious security risks.
Would any of you guys consider participating in attacks like this?