Cyber warfare - if the Russians can do it, we can do it

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    Oct 27, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
    So this just came to me; during the war in Georgia (200icon_cool.gif there were several cyber attacks on various sites and web services. These attacks were orchestrated in conjunction with the Russian invasion, but were not officially affiliated with any government body, and were in most likelihood carried out by groups of youth affiliated with Putin's United Russia party and the propaganda machine that goes with it.

    None of these attacks were very sophisticated; most of them were just scripts for DoS attacks, simply frying the load balancer on the other end. Simple and effective.

    If a bunch of Russians can do that, we can't we use the exact same tactics to attack the hate spewers? Most if not all of them have websites; all of them rely on the internet to spread their message beyond whatever farm town they're in.

    In the case of the Arkansas school director, an attack on the school network could get that entire hick town offline for a while.

    There have been some discussions on here about fighting back against the bigots and haters. I think this is the way - there is no physcial harm done to people, it's kinda like the softest form of insurgency. If we'd be able to cause in outage in, say, northern Arkansas we can send a statement to a local TV station, reminding the church goers why their internet stopped working.

    Next to that - it just shows we're smarter than they are, and use the technologies that they require but don't understand against them.
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    Oct 28, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    To put together a decent DDOS attack, you need a somewhat large group of people that know what they're doing to distribute the attack, and to not get caught. DDOS attacks are a felony. I definitely wouldn't put together a request on a public not-so-anonymous forum for a DDOS.

    On the same note, it also uses up tons of bandwidth on the server under attack, which can cost an organizations thousands and thousands of dollars if it exceeds their limit enough. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 28, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    Pyrotech saidTo put together a decent DDOS attack, you need a somewhat large group of people that know what they're doing to distribute the attack, and to not get caught. DDOS attacks are a felony. I definitely wouldn't put together a request on a public not-so-anonymous forum for a DDOS.

    On the same note, it also uses up tons of bandwidth on the server under attack, which can cost an organizations thousands and thousands of dollars if it exceeds their limit enough. icon_wink.gif


    Well yea... I wouldn't do the planning on here either.

    In any case, there are plenty of jurisdictions where you can pull shit like this off without ever being caught... I know one icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 28, 2010 3:09 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gif None of us would ever dream of doing something like that because that would be




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    could cost these organization a lot of money, eh?

    tsk.
    awful.

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    Oct 28, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    I know of a few people who would be up for it and a few who owe me some favors and its not like I'd call them in anyways but yeah its a bad idea icon_twisted.gif