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WikiLeaks support creates a “splintering effect” with Anonymous

Posted at 14 December 2010 00:23 CEST by wconeybeer

The expanding droves of WikiLeaks supporters and differing opinions as to how attacks should be carried out is causing a “splintering effect” of what was originally Operation Payback, according to sources at Panda Security.

Since some of the members of the original Operation Payback began Operation Avenge Assange, to rally around WikiLeaks most public representative by staging DDoS attacks against the online operations of corporations who cut off the site as more US diplomatic cables were published, more initiatives have split off with specific causes of their own.

“This is not one massively coordinated campaign anymore, it’s pure anarchy,” says the security experts on the PandaLabs Blog who have been tracking Operation Payback activities since they began in September.

One of the new initiatives, known as “Operation Leakspin”, began late last week with a mission of uncovering and spreading information in the leaked cables rather than participating in DDoS attacks. The group’s poster explains its tactics:

Begin searching through WikiLeaks.
Find only the best, least exposed leaks you can get your hands on.
Post summaries of them along with the complete source.
Encourage the reader to read more.
Make one-to-two minute YouTube videos regarding the links.
Use misleading tags, anything from “Tea Party” to “Bieber”.
Post snippets of the leaks EVERYWHERE. News comments, fan forums, etc.

Another new initiative, “Operation Daylight”, urges a different approach with a “Call to Anonymous” appeal for real world action:

It is time we make ourselves heard, literally.
It is time to move from the cyberworld,
It is time to move into the real world,
It is time to act.

Despite another related arrest and continuing attacks on their own servers, however, Anonymous has plenty of DDoSing members left who are still carrying out pro-WikiLeaks cyber-attacks on the web operations for MasterCard and MoneyBookers.com.

Also, Britain’s National Security Advisor has warned UK government offices that Low Orbit Ion Cannons could soon be headed their way as Assange prepares for an extradition hearing Tuesday in a London court.

As these groups continue to splinter off into other, more specific causes and alternative tactics, it will be increasingly difficult to link attacks back to the original Operation Payback. “These changes are going to make reporting and confirmations extremely difficult because there is no longer a central source of communication with the organizers,” says PandaLabs security experts.

While it’s good to see more people fighting for their rights, there needs to remain a more united front to maintain the power of the number of participants. Splintering allows for more specific targets, but it also dilutes the strength of the actions. Will Operation Payback simply fade out as more splinter cells emerge? Stay tuned…

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Grim107
MyCE Member
Posted on: 14 Dec 10 01:20
    Pretty soon, a DDoS war, the likes of which we've never seen, will engulf all of the anonymous members and more. It will end in some form of Apocalypse.
    debro
    Blown to smitherines
    Posted on: 14 Dec 10 02:54
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by Grim107
      Pretty soon, a DDoS war, the likes of which we've never seen, will engulf all of the anonymous members and more. It will end in some form of Apocalypse.
      Mankind reveled in it's own magnificence., but a great Cloud (computing) gathered, and humankind prepared their firewalls and botnets for the anticipated onslaught.

      First the USA attacked, DDoS sweeping cross the world the RIAA/MPAA/DOD brandishing flags of war, spouting claims of piracy and the need to discover the whereabouts of weapons of mass DDoS ...

      The USSR & China retaliated, in the name of their glorious sickle ....

      Then a 15yr old child in Sweden, with enormous acne and lack of foresight, unleashed his billion device botnet, which infected routers, computers, mobile phones, reducing international bandwidth to a sliver of it's former glory.

      Eventually, the botnet became self-aware, and targeted all attempts of humanity to shutdown the networks. It infected factories, robotics labs, cars, smart-refrigerators, intelligent microwaves, and transmitted itself via smart-power systems and radio waves and penetrated every corner of the solar system, infecting every device as it passed.

      The botnet Machines inflicted great suffering upon humanity, housewives couldn't google recipes to feed the people, children stopped learning as google was denied, workers could not drive to work as cars no longer performed their bidding. Business wilted and died as the flow of information was cut.

      And then we ended up as part of the matrix
      Zathros
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 14 Dec 10 14:00
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by debro
        Mankind reveled in it's own magnificence., but a great Cloud (computing) gathered, and humankind prepared their firewalls and botnets for the anticipated onslaught.

        First the USA attacked, DDoS sweeping cross the world the RIAA/MPAA/DOD brandishing flags of war, spouting claims of piracy and the need to discover the whereabouts of weapons of mass DDoS ...

        The USSR & China retaliated, in the name of their glorious sickle ....

        Then a 15yr old child in Sweden, with enormous acne and lack of foresight, unleashed his billion device botnet, which infected routers, computers, mobile phones, reducing international bandwidth to a sliver of it's former glory.

        Eventually, the botnet became self-aware, and targeted all attempts of humanity to shutdown the networks. It infected factories, robotics labs, cars, smart-refrigerators, intelligent microwaves, and transmitted itself via smart-power systems and radio waves and penetrated every corner of the solar system, infecting every device as it passed.

        The botnet Machines inflicted great suffering upon humanity, housewives couldn't google recipes to feed the people, children stopped learning as google was denied, workers could not drive to work as cars no longer performed their bidding. Business wilted and died as the flow of information was cut.

        And then we ended up as part of the matrix

        That's really good, I'm not kidding or being facetious either. That would make a really good comedy or serious movie, and could end up as a worse reality. The guy from Napoleon Dynamite would make a great geek, though he is too old now.
        VArase
        New Member
        Posted on: 16 Dec 10 19:23
          They've got to throw a few people in jail.

          This is vandalism, pure and simple. Just because you don't see who the rock hits doesn't mean it's okay to throw it. These guys are just rioters, and like most mindless mobs don't really care about the root cause - just lossin' themselves in the chaos.

          As for Assange - he's a scuzzbag. I can't believe anyone is putting himself in harm's way for that guy.
          NAZZZ66
          New Member
          Posted on: 17 Dec 10 12:52
            Well, not so sure people should have gone in blazing with the "nuclerar arsenal"
            meaning DDoS attacks straight away. I think it reduces the credibility of Anonymous as a whole. And will garner lass sympathy from the "real world"
            I respected them for standing up to those creeps known as The Church Of Scientology"
            Now it is kinda looking like "kids throwing toys out of the pram" because things aren't going the way they want them to.

            I think the info campaigns are a more credible and intelligent way to go.
            With that being said, there are valid concerns for the lives and well being that potentially could come under threat (on both sides) soldiers, citizens and spies
            by carless dissemination of leaked Information.

            I would be keen to see certain countries exposed and embarrassed publicly -forced into action(USA or Brussels) against the criminal element of both private citizen and corporation regarding War profiteering, Proliferation of arms/narcotics trading globally, violation of basic human rights, stuff like that.

            So sick of the US State Dept. and the Executive Branch banging on about China , Burma and countless other nations abysmal rights records and they are pretty bad- but they aren't completely blameless and have stood by and supported many a violent and brutal regieme in the last 100 years.

            Here is an Ideal opportunity with Wikileaks to set some records straight and deflate propaganda and outright, outrageous lies told by various heads of state for quite some time.
            I hope the opportunity is not squandered by bad decision making on the part of Wikileaks and Anonymous respectively.

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