Sunday, January 22, 2012

Modern Type of War: It Only Takes a Click to Be Part of an Anonymous Attack [VIDEO]

It Only Takes a Click to Be Part of an Anonymous Attack [VIDEO]:
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.

“We’ve seen many links posted on Twitter, and no doubt elsewhere on the Internet, pointing to a page on the website,” Sophos said in a blog post. “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.”

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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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