Imperva: Anonymous Used LOIC to Attack DoJ, MPAA

Last night, Imperva sent over an email stating that it would monitor the Anonymous attacks and touch base again with some stats. The info now arrives in a blog which states that Anonymous used the Low Orbit Ion Canon (LOIC) application to DDoS websites owned by the FBI, MPAA, Department of Justice, the RIAA and more.

For those unfamiliar with LOIC, here is the application's definition, supplied by Wikipedia: "Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) is an open source network stress testing and denial-of-service attack application, written in C#. LOIC was initially developed by Praetox Technologies, but was later released into the public domain. LOIC is named after a fictitious weapon from the Command & Conquer series of video games."

"Not surprisingly, the tool they are using is exactly the same one used for Operation Payback which took place about a year ago," the security firm reports. "Operation Payback also used other DDoS tools and we’re not sure if those have been deployed, but it doesn’t seem they have."

Imperva looked at the LOIC downloads that have taken place thus far and discovered a HUGE spike in the past few days which coincides with the latest Anonymous campaign. As of 8:30AM PST on Friday, the largest number of downloaders actually reside within the United States, hovering at 17-percent. France is the second largest, followed by Brazil, Germany, Spain and the UK. 91-percent of these downloaders use a Windows-based OS to do so.

As reported Thursday night (and essentially watched it unfold), Anonymous attacked the websites of ten entities related to the SOPA and PIPA legislation, and the recent takedown on file-sharing website Megaupload. As Imperva reveals in the charts, Anonymous was relatively dormant until the news of the FBI's arrest went public. After that, all hell broke loose.

"Popular file-sharing website megaupload.com gets shutdown by U.S Justice - FBI and charged its founder with violating piracy laws," writes Anonymous in its typical Pastebin public statement. "Four Megaupload members were also arrested. We Anonymous are launching our largest attack ever on government and music industry sites. Lulz. The FBI didn't think they would get away with this did they? They should have expected us."

Along with the statement, Anonymous also released the personal information of MPAA CEO Chris Dodd, his wife, and his two children. They also provided the information for the MPAA and its ten offices spread out across the globe.

As of this writing, Anonymous is still in attack mode, its latest victim the anti-piracy.be website just an hour ago, and shop.mgm.com just two hours ago. They also seem to be performing continuous attacks against their previous targets as back-up servers bring the sites online again and again.

In related news, Gizmodo and TorrentFreak have awesome write-ups on why Megaupload was taken down. In a nutshell, they were sloppy and openly expressed their disregard to copyright holders.

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  • NuclearShadow
    For those who doubt Anonymous just remember that Anonymous is open to everyone it is not a closed group. Due to this it is obvious that most "members" would not have advanced hacking skills as they are just the average Joe. This does NOT mean that Anonymous is composed of just those people however. Just because America isn't full of Olympic sprinters doesn't mean we don't have any.
    Same rule applies Anonymous and skilled hackers.
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  • nottheking
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    In a nutshell, they were sloppy and openly expressed their disregard to copyright holders.

    This, however, isn't sound justification for any criminal charges; if they did indeed openly state how they were acting, it would simply prove evidence that they were not acting in good faith, and would lose much of the protection from the "Safe harbor" provisions of the DMCA. This would still not be viable reason to immediately take down the site; as I've seen in the law, this would require that the FBI and Justice Department achieve a ruling in their favor from the courts; this is how civil law works.

    In other words, it was the (apparently fabricated) claims of criminal activity (money laundering) that allowed them to get a warrant to attempt to shutter the site themselves; that is how criminal law works. I very much don't like this: given that the Justice Department has effectively no chance of winning the criminal cases, (as I explained in a lengthy section on another article) this poses a huge chance of backfiring, as then the Justice Department is then liable for all the harm brought by the improper actions. This could likely mean that any damages MegaUpload would be liable for through their DMCA violations... Would be made up for by what the Justice Department would owe them.

    That'd be just perfect: paying the MPAA and RIAA for all their claims, right out of taxpayer dollars! However indirect this may be, I just don't like the sound of that.

    Johnny DoeCan someone explain to me what this accomplishes besides making the government angry and feel like they should impose stricter laws?

    That is certainly a possibility. Of course, a push by some that more oppressive legislation is required itself could have a backlash... Or the backlash could simply come directly from this. It's an open question at this point, but certainly the point you raise has a lot of merit to consider... To the point that a number of more-active members of anonymous, I saw, took note of this.

    NuclearShadowFor those who doubt Anonymous just remember that Anonymous is open to everyone it is not a closed group.

    That is correct; I personally liken Anonymous to less a "group" as people understand it, and more a "mob." It seems to consist of whoever wishes to decide to take part that particular day. A "mob" also fits its organization, or lack thereof.
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  • Anonymous
    Not like the FBI is going to lose ad revenue from this...
    Can someone explain to me what this accomplishes besides making the government angry and feel like they should impose stricter laws?
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  • Anonymous
    Not like the FBI is going to lose ad revenue from this...
    Can someone explain to me what this accomplishes besides making the government angry and feel like they should impose stricter laws?
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  • Pawessum16
    I don't know about anyone else here, but I like the fact that megaupload was taken down. It was a scumy site in the first place, and it profited off of others' work. As the gizmodo article states, this is a win for the anti-SOPA cause because it shows the government already has the tools it needs to take down illegal sites. I'm for file sharing for the sake of freely sharing awesome stuff, but when someone's doing it to make a profit (and in magaupload's case, a huge profit!)....that's just plain wrong! Anonymous, you make absolutely no sense right now.
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  • fyasko
    pawessum16I don't know about anyone else here, but I like the fact that megaupload was taken down. It was a scumy site in the first place, and it profited off of others' work. As the gizmodo article states, this is a win for the anti-SOPA cause because it shows the government already has the tools it needs to take down illegal sites. I'm for file sharing for the sake of freely sharing awesome stuff, but when someone's doing it to make a profit (and in magaupload's case, a huge profit!)....that's just plain wrong! Anonymous, you make absolutely no sense right now.


    the problem is the FBI and congress using fear to create more "laws" to control the people. it's less about $ but more about control.
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