DDoS Wars: 4chan Downed Again By Another Attack

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

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The message boards of script-kiddie haven 4chan were hit by another distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaign, just one week after suffering significant downtime from a similar attack.

According to the 4CHAN STATUS webpage the 4chan forums were offline for a period on Tuesday. The message stated, "Another day, another DDoS! Right on the eve of /b/'s 300 millionth post."

Analysis from NetCraft shows:

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It is possible the attacks are in retaliation for 4chan member participation in the spate of DDoS attacks by the loosely organized pro-WikiLeaks and pro-piracy "non-group" called Anonymous.

Anonymous and members of the hacker social network 4chan have been engaging in multiple DDoS attacks against the websites of organizations and individuals they deem to be stifling WikiLeaks efforts to distribute classified materials and raise funds.

Anonymous claimed responsibility for DDoS attacks on Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and others through the month of December, and most recently launched a largely failed attempt to knock the Bank of America site offline.

They have also claimed responsibility for attacks against government sites in  Zimbabwe and Tunisia.

The FBI is in possession of log data that contains the IP addresses of participants in last months series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by Anonymous.

According to affidavits obtained by The Smoking Gun, the attacks have been traced to servers in Dallas, Texas and British Columbia.

A DDoS tool dubbed the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) was distributed widely via downloads from multiple forums and websites.

What the so-called "leaders" of the Anonymous minions failed to relay to the participants in the DDoS attacks is that the LOIC tool would send their IP addresses along with every packet during the attack. The FBI will use the IP addresses to identify those who participated in the attack.

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