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Guilty Pleas for 13 People Involved in a PayPal DDoS Attack, and a (Strange) Call for Leniency from the Founder of PayPal’s Parent Company

On December 6, thirteen defendants pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to charges related to their involvement in the cyber-attack of PayPal’s website as part of the group Anonymous. In pleading guilty, the defendants admitted to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against PayPal in December 2010. Ten of the defendants each pleaded guilty to one felony … Read more

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European Parliament committee rejection
may spell the end for ACTA

The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) may be DOA when the full European Parliament votes on it on July 3, after the Parliament’s International trade committee, INTA, rejected the agreement 19-12 Thursday. ACTA is designed to combat international trade in pirated intellectual property, but much like the currently dormant Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S., has raised vigorous … Read more

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Indian DDoS attacks come against backdrop
of serious Internet freedom issues

The wave of DDoS attacks hitting various Indian government websites, as well as those of ISPs, the country’s Supreme Court and a couple of political parties hasn’t gotten all that much play outside that nation, but the themes strike some familiar chords, with Anonymous claiming credit for the attacks in response to court-ordered cutoffs by ISPs of several popular file-sharing … Read more

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Hacktivists have become big-time data thieves, widely use
DDoS diversionary tactics, Verizon breach report shows

The sudden emergence of hacktivists as data thieves on a massive scale, revealed in this year’s Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, is game-changing news. In 2011, hacktivists were responsible for 100 million of the 174 million records stolen in cases investigated by Verizon and participating international law enforcement agencies. By comparison, the number of records stolen in hacktivist breaches in … Read more

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Wither Anonymous after the latest arrests?

It’s impossible to predict where loosely organized, pseudo-movement hacktivism goes from here, following the arrests of five people associated with LulzSec and Anonymous and a sixth person charged in the hack of intelligence services company Stratfor. These actions follow the arrests of 25 people associated with Anonymous in an Interpol sweep last week. Last July, 16 Anonymous members were arrested … Read more

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More than half of U.S. DDoS victims blame
unscrupulous competitors, Corero survey reveals

Anonymous is not the biggest threat to launch a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS ) attack against your organization. Ideologically and politically inspired (aka hacktivist) DDoS attacks have gained wide notoriety, with some justification. The victim sites are highly prominent, very public companies, government agencies and industry groups — large banks, Sony, the FBI, stock exchanges, etc. As ideological/political entities, hacktivists, particularly … Read more

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