Five arrested over 'Anonymous' DDoS attacks

Five males have been taken into custody this morning, after their attacks against websites like PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and Amazon. The massive online group called 'Anonymous' was successful in disrupting service to the websites, all except for Amazon.com.

The whistle blowing website, Wikileaks, released a number of classified documents, sparking a giant community of support for the owner Julian Assange. In the following days, the shutdown of Wikileaks PayPal account sparked a massive uproar from the community following Julian. Websites, such as 4chan, began thinking of a way to get back at these websites, dubbed 'Operation Payback'.

Operation Payback launched DDoS (Distrubuted Denial of Service) attacks against websites like PayPal and Mastercard, eventually rending their servers useless, taking the site offline.

In the following days and weeks, a number of arrests were made, including a a 16 year old boy, and even a 19 year old. The tool the group used, called LOIC, allows users to bombard websites, but doesn't protect your IP address. Reports issued warnings that Operation Payback might reveal your IP address, leading police directly to you.

As reported by the BBC, five males arrested aged 15, 16, 19 and two adults aged 20 and 26, were members behind the 'Anonymous' attack against PayPal and other websites. It is expected that there will be more arrests in the following days and weeks, from various countries.

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Should of used an anonymous vpn or proxy to conduct the DDoS, or organized a botnet. It's never a good idea to pursue such actions using your actual ip address that can easily be traced back to you.

Problem is these kids take things that they have been given for granted, and then they want to shape them the way they think serves them best.

Grow up and work your a$$ off if you want to help or change the way things work. Until then "the man that runs the store" should be allowed to run things the way he wants to. If you don't want to enter the store, don't. No one obliges you to. And don't think you know what's best for the 'community', cause you don't!

I pity the parents who didn't know what their kids were up to and now have to take the blame for the under aged. It's somewhat impossible to control what kids do on the Internet...

Never forget: "Our liberty ends where the liberty of others begins."

to all those bashing the kids.... how else can we protest on the internet? putting up videos is like putting up posters around your neighborhood. yeah you raise some awareness but it doesn't do anything directly. if you are really unhappy with a store in your community you go sit in front of the door and either block people from entering or make them listen to you before they do... it's peaceful and "non destructive"..

Yea they wasted bandwidth and make the company have to pay extra money, but the shop owner also has to upkeep the shop and pay rent and clean the front of his store if 20 people are practically living there disrupting his business.

people should be allowed to stand up for what they believe in. we as a community (community of internet users yeah it's the most diverse and largest community around) need to establish a way for people to protest certain actions on the internet.

capr said,
to all those bashing the kids.... how else can we protest on the internet? putting up videos is like putting up posters around your neighborhood. yeah you raise some awareness but it doesn't do anything directly. if you are really unhappy with a store in your community you go sit in front of the door and either block people from entering or make them listen to you before they do... it's peaceful and "non destructive"..

Yea they wasted bandwidth and make the company have to pay extra money, but the shop owner also has to upkeep the shop and pay rent and clean the front of his store if 20 people are practically living there disrupting his business.

people should be allowed to stand up for what they believe in. we as a community (community of internet users yeah it's the most diverse and largest community around) need to establish a way for people to protest certain actions on the internet.

exactly right ... 5 people ain't much from thousands so good for them.

Digitalx said,

exactly right ... 5 people ain't much from thousands so good for them.

But these 5 arrests will probably avoid a lot of people doing it in the future...

capr said,
to all those bashing the kids.... how else can we protest on the internet? putting up videos is like putting up posters around your neighborhood. yeah you raise some awareness but it doesn't do anything directly. if you are really unhappy with a store in your community you go sit in front of the door and either block people from entering or make them listen to you before they do... it's peaceful and "non destructive"..

Yea they wasted bandwidth and make the company have to pay extra money, but the shop owner also has to upkeep the shop and pay rent and clean the front of his store if 20 people are practically living there disrupting his business.

people should be allowed to stand up for what they believe in. we as a community (community of internet users yeah it's the most diverse and largest community around) need to establish a way for people to protest certain actions on the internet.

Uh, blocking a business where I live will get you arrested on loitering charges after you are told to leave. These were businesses, you protest by NOT giving them your business in the future, it is quite simple.

Good for them. Too many kids out there with nothing better to do and too much time on their hands. Too many lazy parenting. Also even though it's a peaceful protect, it's still disruptive. You can't really backup kids as well, they are kids. They don't know any better. Though it can be said to some adults, there is still a fine line between what these kids were doing than the adults doing.

Stupid kids. Go do community service if you want to help your community. Crap like this is not going to do anything in the end, it'll ruin your career before it begins. Shame on the adults for enlisting them; I hope they get served double punishment for using minors (if they knew).

thornz0 said,
Stupid kids. Go do community service if you want to help your community. Crap like this is not going to do anything in the end, it'll ruin your career before it begins. Shame on the adults for enlisting them; I hope they get served double punishment for using minors (if they knew).

The more they do it, the easier it is for governments to censor the internet more and more!

Shadowzz said,

The more they do it, the easier it is for governments to censor the internet more and more!

Yeah, and that wouldn't be a very happy ending....
I wouldn't like to see several censorships in Web 3.0...

Jose_49 said,

Yeah, and that wouldn't be a very happy ending....
I wouldn't like to see several censorships in Web 3.0...

noone wants it, but these kind of attacks will be executed more and more, as websites/services get more secure.

What liberties Visa have taken, justice for all arrested connected with Anonymous! It might be illegal but I don't see how it's unethical funny how we live in a world where banks and card companies can tell me how to spend my money and the public lay down and take it. If I could I would donate to wiki leaks, if I had good alternatives to Visa and Paypal I would use them. Strange or planned however you see it that these arrests of children and young people happen right before Julian's extradition hearing, the fact he is considered a criminal by the UK makes me ashamed to be British. I would like to end by saying I did not join the Anonymous group only for fear of this kind of reprisal. DDos attacks aren't hacking it's a form of mass internet protest and peaceful protest at that.

Sylar2010 said,
What liberties Visa have taken, justice for all arrested connected with Anonymous! It might be illegal but I don't see how it's unethical funny how we live in a world where banks and card companies can tell me how to spend my money and the public lay down and take it. If I could I would donate to wiki leaks, if I had good alternatives to Visa and Paypal I would use them. Strange or planned however you see it that these arrests of children and young people happen right before Julian's extradition hearing, the fact he is considered a criminal by the UK makes me ashamed to be British. I would like to end by saying I did not join the Anonymous group only for fear of this kind of reprisal. DDos attacks aren't hacking it's a form of mass internet protest and peaceful protest at that.

Destroying resources is not "peaceful". And no one forces you to use Paypal or Visa or tell you "how to spend your money".

DClark said,

Destroying resources is not "peaceful". And no one forces you to use Paypal or Visa or tell you "how to spend your money".

They didn't destroy a thing its peaceful protest just like sitting in the door way of a shop. I have no alternative to Visa in the UK with the bank I am at, as for Paypal I believe it's virtually required to use eBay and many other online services. By virtue of my bank not allowing me to use my account to donate to wikileaks they are preventing me from using my money as I wish and to be legally employed you require a bank account.

Sylar2010 said,

They didn't destroy a thing its peaceful protest just like sitting in the door way of a shop. I have no alternative to Visa in the UK with the bank I am at, as for Paypal I believe it's virtually required to use eBay and many other online services. By virtue of my bank not allowing me to use my account to donate to wikileaks they are preventing me from using my money as I wish and to be legally employed you require a bank account.


So the bandwidth that was wasted and the loss of money associated with that bandwidth was not destructive? Bandwidth is not free, the companies have to pay their bandwidth usage fees each month like any other company. When excessive amounts of bandwidth is used the provider charges extra money for that bandwidth. So yes, in a way it was destructive. It directly cost them money, not from customers being unable to access their websites, but from the money required to cover the cost of the resources that was wasted by the attackers.

PayPal is not required by a lot of online services, it's an potential option. I would say the majority of websites still allow various credit cards, etc.. As for VISA, there are other credit cards out there, if you're not happy your bank doesn't offer another credit card affiliation then switch banks or use a pre-paid credit card. As a consumer you have choices to make, so empower yourself and utilize the choices available to you.

Edited by voidpharoh, Jan 28 2011, 6:30am :

Sylar2010 said,

They didn't destroy a thing its peaceful protest just like sitting in the door way of a shop. I have no alternative to Visa in the UK with the bank I am at, as for Paypal I believe it's virtually required to use eBay and many other online services. By virtue of my bank not allowing me to use my account to donate to wikileaks they are preventing me from using my money as I wish and to be legally employed you require a bank account.


wait untill your a serveradmin yourself and encounter similar skiddies who downloaded a tool/script and disrupt your entire network for days on end.... Offcourse Paypal, Mastercard etc.. will hunt these people down, they have the right to do so..

DDOS is NOT a peacefull protest, far from it. Its more a mass suicide bombing run. I hope they arrest as much as possible! Good riddens! E-ban them please.

Sylar2010 said,

They didn't destroy a thing its peaceful protest just like sitting in the door way of a shop. I have no alternative to Visa in the UK with the bank I am at, as for Paypal I believe it's virtually required to use eBay and many other online services. By virtue of my bank not allowing me to use my account to donate to wikileaks they are preventing me from using my money as I wish and to be legally employed you require a bank account.

Don't use systems that require you to use Visa(go to another bank) or PayPal(UBid or one of the myriad other auction sites)...convenient or easy - not at all, but a choice none the less.

Sylar2010 said,

They didn't destroy a thing its peaceful protest just like sitting in the door way of a shop. I have no alternative to Visa in the UK with the bank I am at, as for Paypal I believe it's virtually required to use eBay and many other online services. By virtue of my bank not allowing me to use my account to donate to wikileaks they are preventing me from using my money as I wish and to be legally employed you require a bank account.

I disagree. While Sit-ins are a form of social protest for a Democratic legal system, a DDOS attack is nothing like it. The influence of social protest is measured by number of people, a DDoS attack can be 1 angry Guy simulating many. I trust you will never confound the two ideas, one of them can be used for

Sylar2010 said,

They didn't destroy a thing its peaceful protest just like sitting in the door way of a shop. I have no alternative to Visa in the UK with the bank I am at, as for Paypal I believe it's virtually required to use eBay and many other online services. By virtue of my bank not allowing me to use my account to donate to wikileaks they are preventing me from using my money as I wish and to be legally employed you require a bank account.

I disagree. While Sit-ins are a form of social protest for a Democratic legal system, a DDOS attack is nothing like it. The influence of social protest is measured by number of people, a DDoS attack can be 1 angry Guy simulating many. I trust you will never confound the two ideas, one of them can be used for

Sylar2010 said,

They didn't destroy a thing its peaceful protest just like sitting in the door way of a shop. I have no alternative to Visa in the UK with the bank I am at, as for Paypal I believe it's virtually required to use eBay and many other online services. By virtue of my bank not allowing me to use my account to donate to wikileaks they are preventing me from using my money as I wish and to be legally employed you require a bank account.

I disagree. While Sit-ins are a form of social protest for a Democratic legal system, a DDOS attack is nothing like it. The influence of social protest is measured by number of people, a DDoS attack can be 1 angry Guy simulating many. I trust you will never confound the two ideas again.

looks like the name of the group have nothing to do with the attack
(those five are no longer anonymous)
also, I think that all the persons in the group can be easily get caught.