Anonymous‘s distributed denial of service attacks on the U.S. Department of Justice website and others Thursday were a new type of blitz, according to security firm Sophos.
Previously, DDoS attacks happened when someone installed a low orbit ion cannon program that lets computers blast a website with unwanted traffic, causing the target site to crash. In this week’s attack, though, Sophos said simply clicking a link would do the damage. So unsuspecting Internet users could have participated in the DDoS attack without any indication.
As Sophos reminds us, DDoS attacks are illegal. “If you participate in such an attack you could find yourself receiving a lengthy jail sentences,” the blog post says.
Check out the video above to learn more about the attack and how it worked.
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