FBI Acts on Another Anonymous DDoS Search Warrant

Friday, February 04, 2011

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The FBI executed another search warrant in the ongoing investigation into the rash of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks instigated by the international script-kiddie movement known as Anonymous.

The dorm room of Georgia Institute of Technology student Zhiwei "Jack" Chen was raided on January 27 in connection with activities related to DDoS attacks that targeted businesses and individuals who had either severed business relations with or publicly criticized WikiLeaks over their release of hundreds of thousands of classified government documents.

“FBI had a warrant to take all my electronics. They came in the dorm room bustin in @7:00, and pushed everyone out of bed. They searched the place and questioned all people involved. I was a passive admin for Operation Payback and quit early to avoid complications with the law, but it seems the FBI has gotten the better of me,” Chen wrote in postings on Reddit.com.

The Georgia Tech raid follows searches the FBI conducted recently on forty other search warrants issued in the investigation, in addition to the arrest of five individuals in the United Kingdom for suspicion of participation in the cyber attacks.

Anonymous had targeted the websites of PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, PostFinance Bank, Amazon, Bank of America and others in December, and continues to use DDoS attacks as a method of furthering political views in various conflicts around the world.

Following the U.K. arrests, Anonymous spokespersons issued a press release that equated the actions of law enforcement to a "declaration of war", and made attempts to argue that DDoS attacks are a form of civil disobedience that should be regarded as on par with common street protests or sit-ins.

The simple fact is DDoS attacks are illegal because they cause significant damage in much the same way that riots do - a finer point lost on the Anonymous participants.

The right to free speech does not include the right to damage the property of others.

Anonymous DDoS attackers are typically teenagers and young adults who have little or no understanding of the risks and legal repercussions that can stem from participating in the attacks, and most operate under the misconception that they will not be identified by authorities.

More arrests are expected internationally as investigations progress.

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Rafal Los You'd have to be a complete idiot to call the FBI doing their jobs "a declaration of war". You're not being persecuted, you're not being singled out for tinfoil-hat operations - you're a criminal organization!

Weird ...script kiddies these days.
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