The denial of service (DoS) attack initiated by The Jester (th3j35t3r) against websites operated by the controversial Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) have now exceeded four full weeks in duration.
The sustained DoS attacks which began on February 21st represent a duration record for the hacktivist who is best known for his regular attacks on militant Jihadi websites as well as for an attack on the WikiLeaks website in late November of 2010 that forced the organization to shuffle Internet hosting providers.
The Jester uses a DoS tool he calls XerXeS (video) to perform an application level attack which can be performed by a single low-spec machine with relatively few packets, whereas traditional TCP-based DoS attacks require multiple machines.
The XerXeS tool has been employed to disable multiple WBC websites in a relentless campaign to hamper the church's continued use of the Internet to broadcast hate speech.
The Westboro Baptist Church has made a name for itself by staging vocal protests at the funerals of U.S. military members killed in action, and often uses shocking tactics and inflammatory language to gain the attention of the media.
The Jester posted the following update on the attacks at Pastebin earlier this week:
GODHATESFAGS.COM - Tango down 1 Month and counting. (THAT'S 4 WEEKS)
Also all of the Westboro Baptist Church secondary domains (listed below) - Also their 3rd party hosted blog hosted at:
http://blogs.sparenot.com/index.php/godsmacks - TANGO DOWN
That's one whole month WBC???? I thought you guys were just rebooting? Also why did ya remove all ya websites from your official letterhead:
Americaisdoomed.com - TANGO DOWN
priestsrapeboys.com - TANGO DOWN
godhatesireland.com - TANGO DOWN
godhatesmexico.com - TANGO DOWN
godhatescanada.com - TANGO DOWN
Godhatesfags.com - TANGO DOWN
sparenot.com - TANGO DOWN
thebeastobama.com - TANGO DOWN
yourpastorisafrak.com - TANGO DOWN
godhatestheworld.com - TANGO DOWN
godhatessweden.com - TANGO DOWN
Jewskilledjesus.com - TANGO DOWN
godistheterrorist.com - TANGO DOWN
godhatesamerica.com - TANGO DOWN
godhatesthemedia.com - TANGO DOWN
signmovies.com - TANGO DOWN
signmovies.net - TANGO DOWN#
fredthemovie.com - TANGO DOWN
hatemongers.com - TANGO DOWN
There's an unequal amount of good and bad in most things. Trick is to figure out the ratio and act accordingly.
The Westboro Baptist Church has made some other powerful enemies in the hacktivist community this year as well.
Rumors had circulated in February that the rogue movement Anonymous may target the WBC after the posting of a press release that was purported to be from an Anonymous supporter.
The press release was dispelled as a hoax by the hacktivist group who insisted the text was a publicity stunt executed by WBC members.
Supporters of the Anonymous movement did however end up defacing a WBC website during the course of a live radio interview (video) after representatives of the church taunted the group repeatedly in the media.
As for The Jester's continued DoS attacks, it looks as if the hacktivist is committed to keeping the WBC's online outlets for hate speech down indefinitely.