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Anonymous Threatens To Shut Down Internet Next Month

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Kevin Parrish, Tom's Guidesaid said:
The hactivist group is now threatening to shut down the internet to protest "SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun." If the threat is indeed real, the world's entire population will suffer Internet withdrawal on March 31 as a result of the group's crusade.

So how does Anonymous plan to take down the Internet? By hitting the 13 root DNS servers. Thus, the HTTP internet will be disabled because no one will be able to perform a domain name lookup. "Anybody entering 'http://www.google.com' or ANY other url, will get an error page, thus, they will think the Internet is down, which is, close enough," the group writes.

Anonymous claims this will only be a protest, and is not designed to "kill" the internet. Instead, Anonymous is temporarily shutting the Internet down "where it hurts the most."

"The principle is simple," Anonymous writes, explaining how the attack on the 13 DNS servers will be carried out. "A flaw that uses forged UDP packets is to be used to trigger a rush of DNS queries all redirected and reflected to those 13 IPs. The flaw is as follow; since the UDP protocol allows it, we can change the source IP of the sender to our target, thus spoofing the source of the DNS query."

Anonymous didn't state how long the Internet would be unavailable, only that it could last mere hours, or extend out for days. "No matter what, it will be global," the group concludes. "It will be known."

Yup.

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I'm still using lists of IP addresses like the in good old days, so this won't affect me. ;)

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i say blow a fucking hole in it.

make the people who don't know any better feel it because these are the same people who don't know about or know what is SOPA.
of course, the attack against the internet is far from the most important issue facing humanity and our rights as human beings, but i think this will be a good start.

/mehness

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Bucket said:

Quick, what's the IP of DW?

Let me make a GUI interface in Visual Basic and see if I can track down an IP address.

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*gets out his 300-baud acoustically coupled modem and tube-based CB Data radio gear, just in case*

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*blows dust off morse key and FT-75 transceiver*

hex11 said:

It's nothing that can't be fixed with a line in /etc/hosts.

If you can get that working - please share.

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Csonicgo said:

Or does your VGA card have enough memory?


What VGA card?

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OH NOEZ THEY'RE GOING TO TAEK TEH INTERNETS AWAY FROM US!

Yeah, like that's going to happen...

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Right, because the best way to fight SOPA is to legitimize law enforcement's efforts against yourselves.

This is basically cyber-terrorism. People are already fighting these bills and they aren't cutting off their own feet to do so.

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Didn't they get the memo? SOPA is down. The targets are now ACTA and TPP.

Sodaholic said:

Well, looks like this will come in handy after all:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/desopa/


Given that the author says this works by polling overseas DNS, and Anonymous' plan of attack is to target all DNS servers, this probably wouldn't help much.

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Marcaek said:

People are already fighting these bills and they aren't cutting off their own feet to do so.


What about some kind of alternative "Open DNS" authority?

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There's a reason why there are 13 redundant root server addresses, and it seems incredibly unlikely that they would be able to take out even one of them, let alone all 13. Furthermore, 9 of those 13 addresses are anycast addresses - meaning that the individual addresses don't even correspond to single servers, but rather multiple servers located around the globe.

In summary, this is an idiotic and clueless threat that is doomed to failure.

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Some comments on that site say that it (the threat) may be fake, because they didn't see anything new on Anonymous' site.

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