Today, we live in a modern world wherein internet is a big part of our daily lives and routine. We use the internet to communicate with loved ones and co-workers. We use it to do research for our jobs and our projects in school. Some might even say that they can’t live without internet. But with the internet bill skyrocketing, can all of us handle it?
Also known as Virtual Private Network enables users to send and receive data through a private network which extends to a public network. By using this application, a user can have the benefits from the functionality, security and management — the same as a private user’s benefits.
What are the PROs and CONs of VPN?
It actually has many benefits. When you use it, you will be able to browse anonymously, which means your privacy is very secured. Whoever want their privacy blurted out to the whole world, right?
Second, this is actually cheaper than the normal internet plan. You can avail a VPN for as low as $3 a month.
But of course, all good things come to an end.
Virtual Private Network apps are limited. There are websites that they can’t access because of added security. One example is the KissAsian website. I tried to access it using a VPN but to no avail.
Also, when using this application, you will be using a different server. So if the website that you are visiting is only available to a certain country, then I’m sorry but you can’t access it as well.
And don’t forget about repairs and maintenance of a VPN. Once it’s on going a maintenance, then it’s unusable.
Anonymous is threatening to hack websites that are linked or are supporting the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Canada set a few weeks from now.
Anonymous said that they are doing this because the Formula 1 organizers are going to go ahead with a Grand Prix or race in an area that “Amnesty International and other global human rights groups have declared human right violators.”
Quebec’s Special Law 78 offers harsh regulations regarding demonstrations in the province. Individual who are caught striking or demonstrating can be fined heavily.
The group is warning anyone who is going to take part in the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Canada that they are vulnerable to Anonymous’ attack.
A spokesperson from Anonymous said, “As we did in Bahrain – Anonymous intends to wreck Mr Eccelstone’s little party. Beginning on June 7 and running through race day on June 10, Anonymous will take down all the Formula 1 websites, dump the servers and databases – and wreck anything else F1 related we can on the Internet.”
“We would like to remind anyone considering attending this abominable race, that last time Anonymous found all the spectators personal data, including credit card numbers – un-encrypted on F1 servers,” the group added.
The Hacktivist group Anonymous warns of an impending storm after they attacked the website of the Vatican.
The group who is responsible for attacking high-profile corporations and government institutions warns of a “coming storm”.
Italian members of the group attacked the Vatican website as a sign of protest against the Church’s scandals, conservative doctrines and controversial history.
The website was inaccessible for hours last Wednesday though a spokesperson from the Vatican didn’t confirm the attack but told the media that their technicians are working to fix the problem.
Anonymous Italian website issued a statement which read, “Anonymous has decided to put your site under siege in response to your doctrine, liturgy and the absurd and anachronistic rules that your profit-making organization spreads around the world.”
They also said on Twitter, “Trust us. You think you’ve seen the full muscles of #Anonymous up to now? Nah, you ain’t seen NOTHING yet. Get ready. #March2012.”
Last Tuesday, FBI agents arrested members of Anonymous and LulzSec and charged them with conspiracy.
According to a Tweet by Anonymous as a response to the arrests, “LulzSec was a group, but Anonymous is a movement. Groups come and go, ideas remain.”
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 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.
Anonymous is once again stepping up to wreck havoc in cyberspace.
After the Justice Department shut down one of the world’s most popular download site, Megaupload, Anonymous is planning to take its revenge on federal and private institutions. Taking their word for it, this attack is a distributed denial of service assault or DdoS. It is an attack to knock another computer offline by completely overwhelming it.
According to Gizmodo, the Department of Justice’s website went down and an Anonymous Twitter account took the credit for it.
Universal Music Group’s website also went down along with Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America and the U.S. Copyright Office.
According to a report by a Russian news service, “this is the largest coordinated attack in Anonymous’ history – over 5,600 DDoS zealots blasting at once.”
But it doesn’t look like Anonymous is stopping. French copyright enforcement agency’s, HADOPI, website is down.
If this trend continues, then a worldwide cyberattack looks imminent.