Anomymous strikes again, hacks Interpol, CIA

Anonymous is at it again.

The hacktivist group has gone on a rampage over the weekend as they took down the official website of the Interpol, CIA and many others.

It began last Friday with a tweet from the group’s Twitter account. The tweet read, “CIA Tango down.”

The CIA website has been up and down over the weekend as Anonymous used Denial of Service or DDOS attacks to shake up the agency’s website.

The next on their list were the police and government servers in Alabama. Anonymous claims the attack in the name of “your recent racist legislation in an attempt to punish immigrants as criminals.” This post was placed in a pastebay account. The stolen data had names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, criminal records and plate numbers.

They went on to attack the Mexican government for their proposed legislation similar to that of SOPA/PIPA of the US. Sites that were taken down were the Mexican states, Interior Ministry and email addresses of Mexican Mining Chamber were posted online.

Anonymous also hacked the US Census Bureau and the Italian car making giant Fiat. Another hacking group, Greyhatz, also did their damage on other websites.

Anonymous lure inocents in DDoS attacks though Twitter

Hacktivist group Anonymous is letting you join their attack just by clicking at their tweets. Users may unwittingly know that they are allowing Anonymous to do this to them.

Senior technology consultant of Sophos, Graham Cluley, reported the new “tactical attack technique”. This was used to attack the US justice department website a week ago.

These links posted in Twitter and other sites pointed to a page on the pastehtml.com website. When you visit the webpage it executes JavaScript that uses the visitors computer to flood a website chosen by Anonymous.

To avoid being a victim of this new technique, users have to disable JavaScript on their computers.

Anonymous wanted people to support their cause by installing a program called LOIC or Low Orbit Canon. If you have installed the program, you’d b able to join a DDoS attack. The new technique tricks people into becoming participants. VP of products at network security vendor Radware Carl Herberger said, “This can of course be used on Facebook and Twitter and other sites to lure unsuspecting users.”

This latest method escalates the hactivist war and adds a new effective technique to Anonymous tricks.

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Facebook blackout on January 28, warns Anonymous

Anonymous is launching an all out war against the US government with attacks on Federal agency websites to privately owned corporations. This included the US department of Justice website in an effort to retaliate against the shutting down of file sharing site Megaupload.

Now, a YouTube user, who claims to be an emissary of Anonymous, is telling viewers that the group is planning to shut down the popular social networking site. Though this isn’t new to them, due to the Guy Fawkes day, were they claimed that they are going to shut down Facebook but did not occur. They announced this over YouTube as well.

This latest video gives attention to the SOPA and PIPA problems. The video asks viewers to download Low Orbit Ion Canon, the same method they used to take down the DOJ website. This floods the servers of the target site with numbers of packets of information leading to a server crash.

Facebook is not an easy target to beat. They have servers around the globe. The video claims, “While it is true that Facebook has at least 60,000 servers, it is still possible to bring it down.” The video tends to elicit help from its viewers as it cannot work without their help and support.

Well, let’s just sit around and wait if this come to materialize.

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