With various groups launching attacks against a wide range of targets to express their displeasure, hacktivism has gone mainstream. While it’s easy to lump all the attacks under the Anonymous banner, it’s not entirely accurate. The easy availability of a wide range of tools that can launch distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) means practically anyone with any type of motivation can start their own online protest. While many of the groups that have popped up claim to be Anonymous sympathizers,many insist on not being grouped with the hacktivist collective. BlackTuesdayHG, a group behind the Feb. 11 outage of Interpol‘s Website, posted on Twitter, “Yep, we support their ideas, but we have own ideas at all!” Just as there are multiple groups, there are multiple motives. Some are still doing it for fun, some have strong political opinions, and others are angry about what they perceive as abuses or unfair treatment. Government officials and security experts believe that these kinds of data dumps and cyber-vigilantism will continue to grow in 2012. Here, eWEEK looks at some of the attacks around the world that hit governments, law enforcement and businesses in just the first two weeks of February.
- Hacktivism Trumps Money As Motivation for Denial of Service Attacks (oracleidentity.wordpress.com)
- Anonymous, Megaupload, and the New Tactics of Hacktivism (mobilizingideas.wordpress.com)