January 20, 2012

Anonymous Campaign: Meet the New DDoS, Same as the Old DDoS

Once again, Anonymous is using the low orbit ion canon (LOIC) to DDoS websites.  This tool was developed by white hat hackers stress test websites.  

Not surprisingly, the tool they are using is exactly the same one used for Operation Payback which took place about a year ago.

Looking at the LOIC downloads so far this year, its clear there has been a sudden, sharp increase in the past few days which coincides with the latest Anonymous campaign (click image to BIGGIFY):


And the top country downloading the attack tool?  The US though not with a huge lead.  France and Brazil are not far behind.  Click image to BIGGIFY:


(NOTE:  These above numbers are current as of 8:30ish AM PST.  The stats will change.)

In addition to the version of LOIC that is downloaded and used locally, several websites have been developed that automatically DDoS simply by loading them.  Here is one example:


Typically, these sites use a JavaScript to iterate attacks.

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