"LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) is a network stress testing application, written in C# and developed by "praetox". It attempts a denial-of-service attack on the target site by flooding the server with TCP packets, UDP packets, or HTTP requests with the intention of disrupting the service of a particular host. The program was exploited during Project Chanology to attack Scientology websites, and is currently being used by Operation Avenge Assange (Organized by Operation Payback) to attack the websites of companies and organizations that have opposed WikiLeaks."
This is the weapon used and where people get it from. for your information only. this post in no way encourages anyone to use this program for any illegal or unethical purpose. in fact i strongly urge you to act with restraint, respect for law, morality, and decency in your heart, just like "W" the last President of the United States when he ordered the U.S. to kidnap and imprison people and torture prisoners [some of whom were wholly innocent].
i would also like to point out that using this software to attack anyone, even as part of a mass protest is wholly illegal in most jurisdictions and that arrests have already been made against participants in the DDOS attacks. using this software could result in your arrest. the sites being attacked keep logfiles of all connection attempts. there will be a record of your ip address somewhere and eventually the oligarchs will find you
this is a real live warning. understand there is no wink or nudge involved with my warning
[later edit December 10, 2010]
"Numerous people have downloaded -- and are apparently using -- the software. By Thursday, "for the server-controlled version, there have been already 33,000 downloads at a rate of more than 1,000 downloads per hour," said Rob Rachwald, director of security strategy at Imperva. By Friday, the manual version of the malware had been downloaded 50,000 times.
Thinking of enlisting? "Stay well away," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. He said that laws in the United Kingdom punish such attacks with up to 10 years in prison, while Sweden and the United States have similar laws on the books.
To that list, add the Netherlands. On Thursday, Dutch police officers arrested a teenager in The Hague. They said he admitted to participating in pro-WikiLeaks attacks against the MasterCard and Visa Web sites.
As that suggests, attacks can be traced back. "Many people believe that privacy on the Internet can be somewhat protected, but beware, the source IP addresses of attackers, which will inevitably end up in the target's Web site log files, can easily be matched with user's accounts if ISPs decide to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies," said SophosLabs' Svajcer."[bold mine - James]
Information Week - WikiLeaks Supporters Download Botnet Toolkit 50,000 Times
"Security experts warn those considering joining the pro-WikiLeaks army that it's very easy to trace those who participate in the illegal denial of service attacks."
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