Anonymous Calls UK Arrests a "Declaration of War"

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Anthony M. Freed

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UPDATE:  FBI Executes Warrants for Anonymous DDoS Attacks

Pour another cup of coffee, but be sure to set it down before reading the following, lest you accidentally spill it on your lap when the laughter ensues...

In what is best described as rhetoric befitting a professional wrestling pay-per-view smack-down teaser, the non-entity known as Anonymous has publicly taken offense with the United Kingdom for having the nerve to enforce their nation's laws.

Following on the heels of news reports that five young men have been arrested in the U.K. in an investigation into distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks initiated by the international script-kiddie movement, Anonymous issued a ridiculous press release which states that they consider the arrests to be a "serious declaration of war":

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The press release goes on to state that a DDoS attack is akin to a peaceful protest, and explains the difference between "hacking" and denial of service attacks, which can be summed up simply as: Hacking takes a high level of skill and DDoS attacks only require a high level of angst.

DDoS attacks are a form of censorship, plain and simple, and they are used to prevent the free flow of information.

Distributed denial of service campaigns can incur significant costs for the targets, and also result in collateral damage to third party nodes not targeted in the attack.

The fact that the attacks undertaken by members of Anonymous seek to be clandestine in nature negates any valid comparison to true acts of civil disobedience and public protest in which participants openly put themselves and their reputations on the line to fight for what they believe in.

Anonymous DDoS attacks are anarchistic acts of censorship fueled by a mob mentality similar to that seen in a mass book burning.

This latest press release provides more insight into the youthful arrogance of the Anonymous movement, and should serve as a warning to parents everywhere to have a serious talk with their children about the dangers involved in associating with this group.

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Gregory Taylor Apparently, since 5 of them were arrested, they aren't so 'Anonymous' after-all. Maybe they should change their name to Pseudo-Anonymous. *GRIN*
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Roland Hagge ment to say "Anon" not anom
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Commander Mukesh Saini (Retd.) DDoS is a declared criminal act in most of the countries enacted cyber laws. However looking at the issue from higher perspective that so called "Anonymous", if have used one connection per actual (real world) person to achieve DDoS than of course it maybe like a mass movement and equivalent to sit-in protest, but if technology is used to manipulate the originating computer to initiate a 'rouge connection' with the objective to achieve DDoS, without the the knowledge of the real world owner of the system than it is not only amounts to hacking into the system of originator of 'connection' which the "Anonymous" themselves have agreed is an offence but also a crime according to law which cannot be defended on alibi of civil movement. As far as tone and tenor of the "press release" goes, it indicates immature minds who are agitated over an issue, rightly or wrongly, and may require deft and humanitarian handling rather than law and order issue.
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bob justice I don't think that rationale thinking needs to have a name. When a government shuts down unquestionable, primary source documents and has it local companies pull their support, unlawfully, the right to freedom of speech and information is being socially censored and attacked.

Ghandi and Martin Luther were not universally supported characters during their time. they were seen as radicals, encouraging students to risk their well-being. Should we suppose that our world and society doesn't have to worry about social discrimination and people abusing their powers anymore? Why not let the actions of every person come to light, begin with our governments and our corporations who have the greatest influence over our world and society.
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