Operation:Payback or Social Vendetta is Here

Since WikiLeaks started their epic disclosure, I have witnessed a lot of new stuff being shaped under our own eyes : socially, technically and nevertheless politically.

Since I'm more of a technical guy, I have seen more DDOS countermeasures than in any "peace-time" projects and today, actually right now I'm watching a live attack on www.visa.com called Operation:Payback .

It's like watching live TV on an ongoing natural disaster, only it's man made and it gives me the creeps. Or like seeing the movie V for Vendetta happening live.

In the current DDOS attack on www.visa.com there might be obscure interests and classic botnets involved, but what strikes me is the first ever voluntary botnet made of thousands of home user computers running a bot which is controlled via IRC channels by the attackers.

If you want to get involved, the attackers have presented detailed instructions on how to turn our PC into a voluntary-bot. This is a very scary phenomenon if you think of the combined broadband access available to the current US home computer which is online most of the time.

The result can be seen live on attacker's twitter page

If the twitter account is closed, here's a live screenshot :

Call me old fashioned but I think something is not right …  distributed computing started with seti@home and cancer research and now  ended up on cyber -warfare . maybe this is what we know to do best.

I love and support freedom of speech but I don't support cyber-vandalism, no matter which is the cause it fights for. There has to be a better way ..

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2 Responses to “Operation:Payback or Social Vendetta is Here

  • 1
    December 8th, 2010 18:45

    The Twitter account you mention in this article is now suspended, probably for breaching T.O.S. on Twitter.

  • 2
    December 9th, 2010 17:42

    amazon tried to sell the leaked cables but none of you cares. all the big USA companies are victims right ? you are either blind or dumb, or maybe both ..

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