"he website-attacking group "Anonymous" tried and failed to take down Amazon.com on Thursday. The group's vengeance horde quickly found out something techies have known for years: Amazon, which has built one of the world's most invincible websites, is almost impossible to crash."
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"According to Dutch news reports, a 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the distributed denial-of-service attacks that have been launched against a number of websites this week, including MasterCard and PayPal..."
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According to a Tweet alleged to be from Operation Payback, the pro-WikiLeaks group has launched a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on Amazon.com in retaliation for Amazon canceling hosting services for WikiLeaks last week.
Operation Payback, a pro-piracy hacker group, and members of the hacker social network 4chan have been engaging in multiple DDoS attacks against the websites of organizations and individuals they deem to be stifling WikiLeaks efforts to distribute classified materials and raise funds.
Targets have included PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, the Swedish Prosecutors, PostFinance Bank, EveryDNS, and others. Twitter is rumored to be next.
Of note is the attack against website of Senator Joe Lieberman, credited with supplying the political pressure that ousted WikiLeaks from the relative protection provided for a short time by Amazon's massive array of servers.
"We have a substantial problem with our information networks, which are under constant attack," said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance in Arlington, Va. "We know tons about how to secure these systems, and more attacks could be managed if companies were more proactive about security."
For more details on each of these attacks, please visit the Panda Labs site, which is continually being updated:
If you can not view the page, it is because the Panda Labs blog site has reported that they are also being subjected to a DDoS attack. A backup site with details of the attacks can be found here: