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South Korean Government Falls Prey to Cyber Attacks

About 40 governmental websites in South Korea were hit by cyber-attacks this morning, forcing the country to issue a nationwide alert. According to AhnLab, a South Korean anti-virus software manufacturer, the sites fell prey to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack at around 10:00 a.m., local time, and more attacks could be on the way. Websites run by the presidential office, South...

Anonymous Targets Koch Brothers, Gets Involved in Wisconsin Politics

Anonymous has already targeted authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, the Westboro Baptist Church, and one particularly outspoken snitch. Now, the group of tireless hacktivists has apparently turned its attention to David and Charles Koch -- the billionaire brothers who, according to Anonymous, are manipulating Wisconsin politics to their own corporate advantage. Yesterday, Anonymous...

Westboro Baptist Church Tells Anonymous: Bring It, Cowards

What happens when two massively controversial instigators end up trolling each other? A massive troll pile-up ensues, making a mess of the Interwebz. (For those not familiar with the language, a troll is an online persona that acts in incendiary, deliberately troublesome ways for a reaction.) Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas congregation headed by hate-monger Fred Phelps, was apparently issued...

How Aaron Barr Infiltrated Anonymous, and Why He Decided to Do It

Ars Technica's Nate Anderson has put together a long and fascinating report on the tumultuous recent history of Aaron Barr -- the security expert who successfully infiltrated Anonymous, and then got burned, after running to the FBI with his findings. Based on e-mails he sent before beginning his mission, it's clear that Barr's motives, from the very beginning, were profit-driven. A social media...

Anonymous Takes Out Yemeni Government Websites

The hacktivists over at Anonymous are at it again. After bringing down opponents of WikiLeaks, and recently taking on Tunisia and Egypt, the loosely organized group of politically motivated hackers that hang out on 4Chan has now set its sights on the Yemeni government. In anticipation of yesterday's "Day of Rage" in Yemen, the collective took down the sites for the Yemeni Ministry of Information...

FBI Investigating Pro-WikiLeaks 'Operation Payback'

It's no secret that the U.S. government is going after WikiLeaks and its elusive founder Julian Assange. According to the Smoking Gun, however, federal authorities have been targeting its supporters, as well. Earlier this month, a group of pro-WikiLeaks hackers known as Anonymous began launching a series of coordinated cyber-attacks against companies that had severed ties with Julian Assange's...

Doz.me Can Launch DDoS Attacks Using Shortened URLs

We're all well aware of the dangers posed by URL shorteners, namely in their potential to mask malicious links. But hacker Ben Schmidt, inspired by the media attention garnered by the pro-WikiLeaks DDoS attacks, has found a new and potentially more worrisome use for shortening services. His proof-of-concept site, d0z.me, looks and acts like any other URL shortener from the perspective of someone...

Anonymous Explains Pro-Wikileaks Campaign, Unveils Softer Tactics

The group attacking Visa, PayPal and MasterCard want the world to know that it has absolutely no intention of wreaking widespread havoc -- it just wants to defend Wikileaks, that's all. The group, known as Anonymous, issued a press release today, and reassured average consumers that the so-called 'Operation: Payback' definitely won't put their personal data at risk. "We do not want to steal...

Dutch Teen Confesses to Participating in Pro-WikiLeaks Cyberattacks, Gets Arrested

A teenager in the Netherlands has been arrested after he confessed to participating in the recent pro-WikiLeaks cyberattacks on Visa and MasterCard. According to a press release from the Dutch National Office, the 16-year-old boy is part of the recently notorious online group called Anonymous, which has been orchestrating distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks on all companies that have...

Supporting WikiLeaks, Anonymous Takes Down Major Sites in 'Operation: Payback'

The crew over at Anonymous have spent the last day or so letting everyone know exactly where they stand in the war over WikiLeaks. The group kicked off Operation: Payback by targeting companies, governments and public figures that have made it difficult for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to continue their operations. The infamous and nebulous hacker collective launched massive DDoS attacks against...

WikiLeaks Avengers Take Down Visa.com, American Express Stoked

At the moment, Visa.com is down. Earlier today, a group of 4chan hackers known as Anonymous crippled MasterCard's website with a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack, claiming that it had done so to punish MasterCard for its refusal to transmit funds to controversial website WikiLeaks. As the group promised earlier today via Twitter, Anonymous has now successfully taken down Visa.com....

Pro-Wikileaks Hackers Take Down MasterCard Website

A group of pro-Wikileaks hackers has claimed responsibility for taking down MasterCard's website this morning, in an apparent retaliation against the company's decision to suspend payment operations to Julian Assange's notorious whistleblowing organization. The MasterCard site reportedly fell prey to a distributed denial of service (DDOS) campaign, which flooded the site with so many requests...

FBI Investigating 4chan and Anonymous Over DDoS Attacks

According to sources in contact with CNET, the FBI is pushing forward with an investigation of 4chan and the Internet vigilante collective known as Anonymous, which has loose ties to the controversial message board. Anonymous and its members, who frequent the 4chan boards, have unleashed a flurry of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks over the past few months on individuals and...

Cyberattack Cripples Myanmar's Servers, Just in Time for Election

This Sunday, Myanmar will hold its first free elections in 20 years. Whether or not the rest of the world hears about them, however, remains to be seen. Last week, a major cyberattack struck the troubled Southeast Asian country, crippling Internet services just in time for the election. IT security firm Arbor Networks says the country's servers seem to have fallen prey to a Distributed Denial...

Gene Simmons Tempts Fate, Pokes the 4chan Hornet's Nest

If anyone's watched 'Family Jewels' (seriously, has anyone watched it?), then they've undoubtedly noticed that Gene Simmons loves to drop "profound" insights and opinions from time to time. But, despite his presumptuous attitude, the self-assured KISS veteran apparently remains oblivious to the most crucial and preeminent rule of the Internet: don't f*** with 4chan. Either out of ignorance,...