Anonymous DDoS Campaign Fizzles - On To Faxing

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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After achieving little more than headlines with a weakly coordinated campaign of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), Anonymous is reported to be trying something a little more simple - mass FAX attacks.

The DDoS campaign did result in some brief periods of downtime for some notable companies and political personalities, the campaign really resulted in little more than a world-wide focus on the group's tantrums over sleights against whistleblower organization WikiLeaks.

An Australian who participated in the Anonymous attacks had some stark criticism for the group and their leadership, describing them as "script-kiddies" who lack organizational skills and the technical savvy to be effective.

"If they would've gone after PayPal's domain name server [DNS] they would have been able to shut down PayPal entirely but they didn't know enough about network technology to work that out," he said.

And Anonymous is really having trouble living up to it's own name. 

Their lack of technical knowledge is evidenced by the fact that they have been distributing versions of the "Low Orbit Ion Cannon" (LOIC) to their recruits, but did not realize that using the tool leaves participants vulnerable to identification by authorities.

Last week a spokesman for the group issued a press release and left his name in the document's meta data for all to see.

With maintaining the DDoS attacks proving to be too much for the group, they are now focusing their efforts on another attack method: mass faxing.

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"The enemy is adapting to our strategies, Gentlemen, but they are a lumbering bureaucracy. We can change faster," the group states.

The new strategy could cost corporations hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars in toner and paper. This tactic could put some companies at risk of financial failure if it continues for several decades or more.

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