My Month of Entertainment

Posted November 2nd, 2010 by

So for those of you keeping track at home:

  • Indian firm Aiplex announced that they were launching Distribute Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks against The Pirate Bay. (the attack)
  • The collective wisdom (Anonymous) of the Internet decided that in turn it would DDoS Aiplex, the MPAA, the RIAA, and their international counterparts in Operation Payback. (the counter-attack)
  • Somebody has DDoS’ed the sites coordinating the attacks. (the counter-counter-attack)
  • I’m popping up some popcorn to wait for the counter-counter-counter-attack and to watch the backscatter.

May we all live in interesting times, to say the least.  Some random thoughts I’m having about the DDoS campaigns:

  • If people hate you enough to show up with signs outside your office to protest, they hate you enough to flood your network.
  • Activist/vigilante/mob rule/protest has evolved to a very viable DDoS platform using a wide variety of operating systems.
  • The DDoS campaign in 2008 against the Church of Scientology was called off by activist leaders, so now we’re seeing the unbridled fury of the Intertubez unleashed.
  • On the tools side of things, I’ve seen some good development and some really creative methods to let non-technical folks to participate in the DDoS.
  • Coordinating an activist army seems like the weak point in the model.

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  1.  LonerVamp Says:

    Some added thoughts…

    – If it is bad that a group (Anonymous) launched DDOS attacks…how is it *not* bad that Airplex did the same?

    – If people hate you enough to show up with signs outside your office to protest, and they hate you enough to flod your network, you really need to do some self-examination.

    – Cyber-activism…contrast/compare DDoS with something like WikiLeaks…

    Indeed interesting times!

  2.  Darren Couch Says:

    It begs the question as to whether DDOS will soon be taught at University as a Poly-Sci or business requirement…

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