blog From the Sydney Morning Herald comes news of a new weapon which the angry hordes (including one Sydneysider) are deploying to make war on the infidel websites of PayPal, Visa and Mastercard for dumping support for rogue internet agent WikiLeaks:
A Sydney man, whose identity is known to this website but spoke on condition of anonymity, said the group used an application called Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to carry out the attacks. Each user of the program voluntarily signs up to be part of a “botnet” of computers and their collective power is used to take down websites.
For those who are curious, the application is downloadable from Sourceforge and is basically a glorified ping flood shell script, weighing in at 130kb and appearing to be based on Visual C#. It appears to use technical terms such as “IMMA CHARGIN MAH LAZER” to direct a flood of packets at any given destination.
l33t. Well … *cough* … maybe not. This is more or less the equivalent of throwing a brick at a full-back in a Melbourne pub. Sure, you’ll make your point, but your target will know where to find you afterwards. Oh, wait — that already happened last time.
Image credit: Cropped Delimiter screenshot of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon application