Operation Payback Day 2: Teen boy arrested, more attacks planned

It seems that Anonymous has suffered its first casualty in their cyber war on Wikileaks detractors. In the Netherlands, a 16 year old boy has been arrested for contributing to the Distributed Denial of Service attack on MasterCard that Anonymous has claimed responsibility for. According to NOS, the boy confessed to police last night that he was a part of the attack. The Dutch National crime Squad was investigating the DDoS attack after it occurred, and tracked some of the activity to a server in Haarlem.

The attack originated after Wikileaks, and its now imprisoned leader Julian Assange, came under international fire from many world leaders and organizations for their release of countless classified international diplomatic cables. Today is the second day of the attack from Anonymous, and the DDoSers don’t seem to be giving up.

While the attackers were successful in knocking out MasterCard and Visa's websites briefly, some within the organization were suggesting they try to go after Amazon.com. However, after the apparent failure to bring down Paypal in an meaningful way, the previously controlled anarchy is fragmenting and losing focus, disagreeing on what to attack and when. Many see Amazon as too big of a fish to fry, and would rather stick with known vulnerable targets, like MasterCard.

Companies like Prolexic, who specialize is anti-DDoS services, have already signed up financial transaction processing services like Authorize.net to help protect against a possible DDoS attack from Anonymous. As day 2 of the attack proceeds, we will update this post with breaking news from the front.

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Comon? seriously, why the out cry's?

If you were in a government position, you were tasked with this case and told this must be stopped?

How do you think the governments feel with huge sites been targeted by various individuals across the globe? Pretty embarrassed, its a global thing and they need to start some where.

This was probably the first person that made it easy for them to track and they must make an example to wake the others who are involved that they are/could be tracked and taken to court.

I don't blame the officials for arresting hi, funny thing is right now he's probably feeling a little stupid but he'll probably be proud of his actions and the attention he receives from it in due course have a friend who targeted certain NTL exchanges, he got nabbed for it but doesn't regret it and says its what got him to where he is as his skills were recognised from a young age.

Not my way to the future.

easiest way to stop all this, put up a nice little bounty on the top members details being handed in (most of these people probably young anyway) and watch them call in to cash out.

With all retarded "priceless/there's MasterCard" jokes aside, how far does the gov't think Operation Behind the Times think it'll take them? You can't catch them all and you won't. Just like the war on terror. It's like declaring war on jealousy; one step forward, two steps back.

Educated Idiot said,
With all retarded "priceless/there's MasterCard" jokes aside, how far does the gov't think Operation Behind the Times think it'll take them? You can't catch them all and you won't. Just like the war on terror. It's like declaring war on jealousy; one step forward, two steps back.

Yes, you can stop them - it's very easy, in these following steps:

1) Shutter 4chan
2) Extradite Ass-ange
3) HANG MANNING
4) Find a hack-piggie who will squeal well enough to expose ANONYDORKS most influential members and arrest them - with live YouTube feeds of all of this.

In otherwords: Strike utter, bowel-loosening fear on these putzes.

Maybe it *is* time for an International Internet Users License!?

ScottKin said,

Yes, you can stop them - it's very easy, in these following steps:

1) Shutter 4chan
2) Extradite Ass-ange
3) HANG MANNING
4) Find a hack-piggie who will squeal well enough to expose ANONYDORKS most influential members and arrest them - with live YouTube feeds of all of this.

In otherwords: Strike utter, bowel-loosening fear on these putzes.

Maybe it *is* time for an International Internet Users License!?

Those steps only make wikileaks look more heroic

In 2 years time, when everyone who uses the Internet must be "registered" and have an "International Internet User License", and everyone's activities are *closely* followed; when illegally obtaining a song of Conway Twitty's will suspend you from all Internet Use for 90 days after your jail sentence of 90 Days and a fine of US$15,000.00; when packet-floods and protocol-floods will put you in a Federal Penitentiary for 5 Years without parole, regardless of age; when Interpol gains "search-and-seisure" rights on your system at any time via the Internet or by request of Interpol to local law enforcement for immediate seisure of ALL of your electronic devices, discs and storage media of any kind *without warrant*, you can have only one group of people to thank:

ANONYMOUS!

Parents: take some time with your childrent and install some sense of morality in them by teaching them that attacking or taking part in attacking someone or some group or company on the Internet is WRONG; if you don't trust your kids, then take some secretive time with your children who use the internet and watch what they do while online. Make a point of installing software that monitors your children's activities. If you see them involved in attacking sites using LOIC or other such tools, yank their computer away from them, find the tallest structure you can safely climb while holding the computer and chuck it as hard as you can. If you don't, the only person to blame when law enforcement officers raid your house is YOU, for not being an active Parent.

ANONYMOUS: nothing more than disaffected, angst-ridden punks whose collective lives suck so much that they feel the need to cause grief and anger in others in order to drag them down to their wallowing pit of self-pitty, anger and frustration because the girl they like in 6th Period Algebra can't stand their hideous acne - or post-teens who haven't grown the balls to get a job and move out of their parent's basement.

Average people getting ahold of LOIC and smashing the hell out of any "ANON"-related site AND 4Chan to boot: PRICELESS!

Kids these days with too much time on their hands. This will set him right if not get him to meet drug addicts. Hope to see more forthcoming arrests for lulz worthiness.

Stupid kid. If you want to help "make your world a better place", go do community service or volunteer with a non profit. Kids have ZERO place participating in activities like this, regardless of the cause. Beyond legal punishment, it can jeopardize their education, going on to college, finding your first job, etc, etc, etc. Wait until you're old enough to not screw your parents and education at least...

thornz0 said,
Stupid kid. If you want to help "make your world a better place", go do community service or volunteer with a non profit. Kids have ZERO place participating in activities like this, regardless of the cause. Beyond legal punishment, it can jeopardize their education, going on to college, finding your first job, etc, etc, etc. Wait until you're old enough to not screw your parents and education at least...

suppose you do that. but your government takes your tax dollars to go to war for their own interests and unjust reasons. at the same time, telling you they are fighting for your freedom and send to to the battle field. do you take the blue pill or the red pill?

The ones they catch ARE NOT the ones who organized this, those people are a LOT smarter than this 16 year old kid. They will not even come near the REAL organizers, they can only dream of it.

Sheogorath said,
The ones they catch ARE NOT the ones who organized this, those people are a LOT smarter than this 16 year old kid. They will not even come near the REAL organizers, they can only dream of it.

It's shocking how few people understand this. The organizers have been doing this since at least the time of TPB trials, without being caught.

Sheogorath said,
The ones they catch ARE NOT the ones who organized this, those people are a LOT smarter than this 16 year old kid. They will not even come near the REAL organizers, they can only dream of it.

That's what all criminals behind bars, they think they are smarter. They may not get them right away but eventually they will someonevwill get busted for something completely unrelated and start selling people out as fast as possible. It happens all the time.


Because more serious crimes exist, lesser ones should be just ignored?

The problem is the police at least in Los Angeles, spend too much time on the lesser crimes and bigger crimes get ignored. I had to call 911 on a dog that was foaming at the mouth running up and down my street, the police said call Animal control, and animal control said they would be 30 minutes out. Eventually the dog bit a kid and her dad went inside his house and shot the dog. The police came after they heard the gunshot and arrested the dad that shot the dog for "illegal discharge of weapon". I wondered...how the hell did the cops get there so fast? Well my friend got a ticket from the deputy sheriffs for jay-walking just a block over, and they just finished writing it when the dad shot the dog.

I think that DDoS attacks should definitely be prosecuted, but launching a DDoS attack on the mastercard web server isn't really that big of a deal tbh. The sad truth is the police don't care as much about the bigger crimes as much as the lesser crimes, because something like j-walking brings in $200 a ticket in Los Angeles, were as shooting a dog to keep a kid safe would cost the city a bullet and the 40 pages of paper work the deputy sheriffs have to file.

Haha would be interesting too if the police there got a "reward" from mastercard for bringing in the kid, while someone in the same jurisdiction just got murdered.

That tells you all what kind of people are contrabuting to this... "16 years old boy"... cartoons are over kids go to bed!

SoLoR1 said,
That tells you all what kind of people are contrabuting to this... "16 years old boy"... cartoons are over kids go to bed!
Or the fact that this one just got caught maybe it shows his age. It's the ones that aren't being caught who would actually be much much older and know how not to get caught. Colds already gotten his hands on about 300 university computers to join the hive // late news of last night.

Well gee...I wonder what his Mother thinks about all this? I mean...after all..he was probably doing this in his bedroom at his parents house.

mikecyber said,

Like they did to Jason Chen! Oh the humanity!

They stole the kids iPhone too, he had the prototype for the iPhone 5 someone left at a 16+ Party.

malania said,
"came under international fire from many world leaders and organizations"

or mainly, just, the US?

Kind of funny when people point fingers at the US, they throw their hands up and go "Not uh, we didn't have anything to do with it."

presence06 said,

Kind of funny when people point fingers at the US, they throw their hands up and go "Not uh, we didn't have anything to do with it."

Because there's no evidence (in any way, shape, or form) that the United States has anything to do with it. There's plenty of conjecture (and a few pointed fingers, mostly from those seeking to deflect responsibility/blame) but not one piece of single hard evidence. And why are the North Koreans, PRC, Italy, Germany, and Russia (their governments, specifically) horked off at WikiLeaks?

It's not just the United States that got affected by the massive dump of diplomatic traffic - in fact, other than embarrassment, our diplomats come out looking pretty darn good. What this looks like, to be honest, is anti-American attacks disguised as a philosophical dispute; we don't like American policies against our "favorites", but the US is way too competent in the use of physical force (the standard way of settling things on a national level) so we'll get our proxies to mess with them. In other words, cyber-terror hidden under a classic false-flag intelligence operation.

PGHammer said,
Because there's no evidence (in any way, shape, or form) that the United States has anything to do with it. There's plenty of conjecture (and a few pointed fingers, mostly from those seeking to deflect responsibility/blame) but not one piece of single hard evidence. And why are the North Koreans, PRC, Italy, Germany, and Russia (their governments, specifically) horked off at WikiLeaks?

It's not just the United States that got affected by the massive dump of diplomatic traffic - in fact, other than embarrassment, our diplomats come out looking pretty darn good. What this looks like, to be honest, is anti-American attacks disguised as a philosophical dispute; we don't like American policies against our "favorites", but the US is way too competent in the use of physical force (the standard way of settling things on a national level) so we'll get our proxies to mess with them. In other words, cyber-terror hidden under a classic false-flag intelligence operation.

Yeah, that's way more logical than the US being the aggressor.
/s

presence06 said,

Kind of funny when people point fingers at the US, they throw their hands up and go "Not uh, we didn't have anything to do with it."

That's kind of ignorant in my book. I'm from the US and hugely agree that if -any- sanctioned government was mainly going after Assange it would most definitely be the US Government.

As per usual this is nothing but a bunch of immature young adults, and immature kids putting an attack out on corporations. I've been watching the news and there hasn't even been a peep about this. Most of the large tech sites aren't even reporting in. Neowin is the only one I've seen that has kept up to date on it. Which just goes to show you this "huge major OMG LOLZOR ATTACK" is nothing to the real world. The most it warrants is maybe a 30 second spot on your local news.

Edrick Smith said,
As per usual this is nothing but a bunch of immature young adults, and immature kids putting an attack out on corporations. I've been watching the news and there hasn't even been a peep about this. Most of the large tech sites aren't even reporting in. Neowin is the only one I've seen that has kept up to date on it. Which just goes to show you this "huge major OMG LOLZOR ATTACK" is nothing to the real world. The most it warrants is maybe a 30 second spot on your local news.

Neowin is cooler than CNN or Fox News. Them reporting it only show how much they care about this stuff. You don't like it, don't read it or post about it. Go back to the Help Section and be vigilant there.

It's a real world issue to some/most. Deal with it.

Edrick Smith said,
As per usual this is nothing but a bunch of immature young adults, and immature kids putting an attack out on corporations. I've been watching the news and there hasn't even been a peep about this. Most of the large tech sites aren't even reporting in. Neowin is the only one I've seen that has kept up to date on it. Which just goes to show you this "huge major OMG LOLZOR ATTACK" is nothing to the real world. The most it warrants is maybe a 30 second spot on your local news.

Well, I've seen news on these attacks at Ars, Engadget, Gizmodo, Dailytech and some non-tech news sources like The Guardian (UK) and O Globo (Brazil).

sviola said,

Well, I've seen news on these attacks at Ars, Engadget, Gizmodo, Dailytech and some non-tech news sources like The Guardian (UK) and O Globo (Brazil).


Theres an article and interview over at BBC as well.

presence06 said,

Neowin is cooler than CNN or Fox News. Them reporting it only show how much they care about this stuff. You don't like it, don't read it or post about it. Go back to the Help Section and be vigilant there.

It's a real world issue to some/most. Deal with it.

I never said that it wasn't news, alls I was saying is it's not making huge media coverage. These attacks are nothing more than an annoyance and the arrest just shows the age group of the people doing the attack.

Edrick Smith said,

I never said that it wasn't news, alls I was saying is it's not making huge media coverage. These attacks are nothing more than an annoyance and the arrest just shows the age group of the people doing the attack.

If you can judge an entire group by one of its members, you're doing it wrong.

sviola said,

Well, I've seen news on these attacks at Ars, Engadget, Gizmodo, Dailytech and some non-tech news sources like The Guardian (UK) and O Globo (Brazil).

I haven't seen anything on Engadget, other sites are reporting on WikiLeaks in general. But I haven't seen the mass reporting that Neowin has been doing. I'm not saying again as mentioned above it's not news. But in general that these attacks are childlike and aren't something that the Major news sources are reporting. I could grab a survey from 100 people in the office here and we're a very tech company and probably only 5 would of heard about this.

Just like the many other DDOS attacks in the past for other things the general public isn't interested and alls it is is a little blip on their radar and doesn't actually do anything to get their point.

sviola said,

Well, I've seen news on these attacks at Ars, Engadget, Gizmodo, Dailytech and some non-tech news sources like The Guardian (UK) and O Globo (Brazil).

I haven't seen anything on Engadget, other sites are reporting on WikiLeaks in general. But I haven't seen the mass reporting that Neowin has been doing. I'm not saying again as mentioned above it's not news. But in general that these attacks are childlike and aren't something that the Major news sources are reporting. I could grab a survey from 100 people in the office here and we're a very tech company and probably only 5 would of heard about this.

Just like the many other DDOS attacks in the past for other things the general public isn't interested and alls it is is a little blip on their radar and doesn't actually do anything to get their point.

mikecyber said,

If you can judge an entire group by one of its members, you're doing it wrong.

Well once they can show proof of some middle aged, successful business man who's doing it and not a bunch of young adult / teen "hackers". I'll change my view, not to say that there isn't a few (I mean hell the RIAA set out attacks). But generally these "fourchan groups" and this "Anonymous" group are just a bunch of kids or young adults who feel that their "attempts" are going to cause anything more than an annoyance. You ask 90% of the people who work in the professional webhosting business and they'll tell you just that, people who do DDOS attacks have no real skills other than launching up a program and entering a site.

If they wanted to make any type of point they'd devise a structured plan, find backdoors, use social engineering, and create actual havoc or implement something that secretly exploits them. Instead as is even mentioned in this article they're falling apart because no one can agree and thinks they should be doing something else.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the types of people these are.

sviola said,

Well, I've seen news on these attacks at Ars, Engadget, Gizmodo, Dailytech and some non-tech news sources like The Guardian (UK) and O Globo (Brazil).

Check better; plenty of newspapers are reporting these attacks. Murdoch' s affiliate ones maybe not..... but they are well recognized for what they are......

Edrick Smith said,
As per usual this is nothing but a bunch of immature young adults, and immature kids putting an attack out on corporations. I've been watching the news and there hasn't even been a peep about this. Most of the large tech sites aren't even reporting in. Neowin is the only one I've seen that has kept up to date on it. Which just goes to show you this "huge major OMG LOLZOR ATTACK" is nothing to the real world. The most it warrants is maybe a 30 second spot on your local news.


It's been on every major news network...CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Foxnews you name it.

At least one of them got what they deserve.

By DDOSing websites, they are showing that they are no better than the governments pushing the companies around. What it looks like to me, is "Anon" got upset that some companies were being pushed around, and decided that they wanted to push somebody around too.

HACK THE PLANET!...haha...but seriously, more people will probably be caught...just a matter of time. Will probably **** the others off and they will do more attacks tho.

I think this is to deter people from cooperating in DDoS attacks, but at the same time, the risk of getting caught for launching a DDoS attack has to be miniscule, given how many are involved / have to be involved.

Although I don't agree with the methods Anonymous uses, this isn't really going to mean much. The Netherlands can toot their own horn over it and get their 15 minutes of fame, so to speak, but after that, doesn't seem that important.

It is what it is. One less punk on the street, at least for a day or two. I'd hate, however, to be his parents when the bill comes due for civil damages. Playtime is over for this little boy.

And the Anon group? Do they care? Nah, the kid was collateral damage for their mighty "cause".

The kid is a sucker.

Edited by COKid, Dec 9 2010, 6:45pm :

Yes, because a Ddos attack will get payback, wah wah wah, and the 16 year old, try the little runt as an adult. If you wish harm (as in financial) harm to a corporation you deserve some jail. And seriously... a server for a ddos attack, as Subject delta said you're a moron that deserves to get put away.

AnotherITguy said,
If you wish harm (as in financial) harm to a corporation you deserve some jail.

WooHoo! Another WikiLeaks supporter coming out of the closet! Amazon, EveryDNS, MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, and Countless USG Officials deserve jail time! You hit the nail on the head!
AnotherITguy said,
And seriously... a server for a ddos attack, as Subject delta said you're a moron that deserves to get put away.

It is commonplace to call machines active in DDoS activities servers. LOIC in Hivemode is simply a BotNet with complacent machine owners.