By Eric Larson1 day ago
The Westboro Baptist Church can add another group to its “hate” list: hackers.
The Christian fundamentalist group, notorious for its “God Hates Fags” protests, launched a website on Monday called GodHatesOklahoma.com, just hours after a mile-wide tornado hit the town of Moore, Okla., and killed 24 people.
The site didn’t last long. Whatever content was originally published — presumably a rant about how America’s “sins” are being chastised, per the group’s usual protests — was hacked and replaced by a photo of Jesus Christ giving the middle finger, along with the message, “Westboro Faptist Church — Even Jesus Hates You.” (Faptist being a reference to the word “fap,” Internet slang for “masturbate”).
#OpIsrael failed to ‘erase Israel from the Internet,’ but it did cause a nuisance; Israeli counter-hackers claim to have hit back at Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad sites
If anti-Israel hackers hoped, as they boldly proclaimed, “to erase Israel from the Internet” during Sunday’s #OpIsrael hacking attacks, they failed miserably, said Nir Goldshlager, Israel’s most famous “white hat” hacker and CEO of Break Security. Instead of toppling and defacing government, bank, and insurance sites, as they promised to do, the hacking groups, ostensibly associated with Anonymous, were able to attack only minor web sites that were not well protected.
It was not for lack of trying, though. Although the statistics aren’t in yet, Israel was clearly in the crosshairs of hackers on Sunday. Several Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and web sites churned out updated lists of sites the hackers claimed to have taken down or defaced, and posts on social media sites made unsubstantiated claims like “Anonymous causes Israel to lose $5 billion” in stock market losses (false) and “Tel Aviv loses all Internet connection” (ditto).
The main tactic used by hackers to attack large government and financial sites was the denial of service (DDoS) attack, in which tens of thousands of connection requests are sent to a server at one time, in the hope of overwhelming the server’s system and causing it to slow down to a crawl, or to shut down altogether. Dr. Tal Pavel, director of the MiddleEasterNet site, which gathers intelligence on Internet usage and events in the Arab world, uncovered several sites where users could participate in DDoS attacks against Israeli sites by clicking on buttons. Each click generated thousands of connection requests.
In addition, Pavel reported a relatively sophisticated attack against the Bank of Israel, in which hackers compromised an Israeli site and inserted an agent that, when clicked on, launched DDOS attacks against the BOI site.
Hacker group threatens to attack Jordanian sites if they are not released immediately.
Jordanian security forces arrested several youths who are suspected of attacking Israeli internet sites as part of the large scale cyber attack on Israel declared by the group called Anonymous.
In response, Anonymous threatened to attack Jordanian internet sites. The group demanded the activists’ immediate release.
A Facebook group called “The Third Intifada - Jordan” boasted that 100,000 Israeli internet sites had been disabled.
“Today we invade their internet sites and their electronic fortresses, and tomorrow we will attack them in their homes, which were established upon our land and which robbed us of our rights,” the group wrote.
Experts predict major DDoS attack on country’s largest websites in hacking effort coordinated by Anonymous
Hackers around the world are plotting to strike Israel’s online presence in a coordinated cyber-attack later this week. The effort, known as “OpIsrael,” which is being organized by hacktivist group Anonymous, aims to target the 100 largest websites in the country, especially those of banks, credit card companies, and communications firms.
The attack is scheduled to take place Sunday, April 7. That evening, Israel begins to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.
According to “Mauritania Attacker,” who leads a group of hackers called AnonGhost, “the hacking teams have decided to unite against Israel as one entity, and Israel should be getting prepared to be ‘erased’ from the Internet.”
“Its gonna be the biggest ever operation launched against any country, Its gonna be Huge [sic]!” said Mauritania Attacker in an interview to The Hackers Post.
Several hacktivist groups are planning to unite their forces for OpIsrael starting with April 7. However, in the meantime, others keep targeting high-profile Israeli websites as a form of protest against the Israeli government.
The latest attack is the result of cooperation between Sector 404, Anonymous and the notorious Turkish collective RedHack.
The hacktivists have launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack against mossad.gov.il, the official website of the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service.
In addition, hackers also published the personal details of more than 30,000 people, but the data leak isn’t directly linked to the attack on Mossad’s website.
The list of affected individuals reportedly includes politicians, government employees, military and police officials.
*facepalm* Added emphasis mine:
People watching KRTV in Montana heard a man’s voice claiming that the “bodies of the dead are rising from their graves.”
The alert also claimed the bodies were “attacking the living”. […]
There are reports the hoax generated at least four calls to police to see if it was true. […]
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Oh crap, did you notice that?? Look again—the guy in charge is a Muslim!!!
Someone get WND, Frank Gaffney, and Michele Bachmann on the phone, stat!!11!
Two men who carried out cyber attacks for the Anonymous hacking group have been jailed.
Christopher Weatherhead, 22, of Northampton, and Ashley Rhodes, 28, of Camberwell, London, were jailed for 18 months and seven months respectively.
The two men carried out distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks which paralyse computer systems by flooding them with online requests.
The ones they attacked included payment site PayPal, costing it £3.5m.
Co-defendant Peter Gibson, of Hartlepool, was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.
Another defendant, Jake Birchall, 18, from Chester, will be sentenced on 1 February.
‘You’re being stung’
The sentences were handed down at Southwark Crown Court and are thought to be the first convictions for DDoS in the UK.
Weatherhead and Rhodes were found guilty of conspiring to impair the operation of computers between 1 August 2010 and 22 January 2011.
Gibson was deemed to have played a lesser role in the conspiracy and admitted his part, as did Birchall.
The websites targeted by the cyber attacks were chosen by Anonymous, as part of what it called Operation Payback, because the hackers did not agree with their views.
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What is a DDoS attack?
Attackers commonly use networks of compromised computers - called a botnet - that they control to launch the attacks
Hacking group Anonymous has recruited volunteers to download a tool to create a “virtual” botnet
By overwhelming the target site with requests, the attackers can ensure that genuine visitors cannot reach the site
These requests look like genuine web traffic so can be hard to filter out
Typically, such attacks have been aimed at high-profile websites, such as those belonging to government departments, banks and political organisations
They are illegal in most countries
Other companies hit by the attacks included Mastercard and Visa.
Summary: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the latest body to warn users to disable Java software amid escalating concerns over a serious, exploitable vulnerability.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable or uninstall Java software on their computers, amid continuing fears and an escalation in warnings from security experts that hundreds of millions of business and consumer users are vulnerable to a serious flaw.
Hackers have discovered a weakness in Java 7 security that could allow the installation of malicious software and malware on machines that could increase the chance of identity theft, or the unauthorized participation in a botnet that could bring down networks or be used to carry out denial-of-service attacks against Web sites.
“We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem,” said the DHS’ Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) in a post on its Web site on Thursday evening. “This vulnerability is being attacked in the wild, and is reported to be incorporated into exploit kits. Exploit code for this vulnerability is also publicly available.”
Java users should disable or uninstall Java immediately to mitigate any damage.
General Keith Alexander, Director of the NSA and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command speaks about cyber security and USCYBERCOM at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, June 3, 2010.
Credit: Reuters/Hyungwon Kang
The head of the U.S. government’s secretive National Security Agency took the unprecedented step on Friday of asking a convention of unruly hackers to join him in an effort to make the Internet more secure.
In a speech to the 20th annual Def Con gathering in Las Vegas, four-star General Keith Alexander stressed common ground between U.S. officials and hackers, telling them privacy must be preserved and that they could help by developing new tools.
“You’re going to have to come in and help us,” Alexander told thousands of attendees.
Alexander rarely gives speeches of any kind, let alone to a crowd of hackers, professional defenders, and researchers whose discoveries of software and hardware vulnerabilities are used by both sides.
Conference founder Jeff Moss, known in hacking circles as The Dark Tangent, told the conference that he had invited Alexander partly because he wanted them to learn about one of the world’s “spookiest, least known” organizations.