Symantec: Anonymous tricked into installing malware

Has Anonymous become the victim of a cyber attack? That's the new claim from security software company Symantec. In a post on its blog site this week, Symantec says that during the denial of service attacks that Anonymous launched in the wake of the Megaupload shutdown on January 20, an unnamed person modified a tool called Slowloris, used in some denial of service actions, and added the Zeus Trojan to it.

Symantec said a number of Anonymous supporters downloaded this modified Slowloris tool and used it in the group's denial of service attacks. Symantec's blog claims:

After installation of the Zeus botnet client, the malware dropper attempts to conceal the infection by replacing itself with the real Slowloris DoS tool. Zeus is an advanced malware program that cannot be easily removed. The Zeus client is being actively used to record and send financial banking credentials and webmail credentials to the botnet operator. Additionally, the botnet is being used to force participation in DoS attacks against Web pages known to be targets of Anonymous hacktivism campaigns.

As you might expect, Anonymous is not buying Symantec's view of events. In a post on the YourAnonNews Twitter page, the group states, "This post from @Symantec about @YourAnonNews's spreading the DDOS hijacking trojan is wrong & libelous to say the least."

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Zanfall said,
So they tricked Anon in to installing Norton?

it's worse than that Jim they tricked em into installing an old version Norton

When reading the title I thought Symantec had infected some of anonymous' supporters...was a little disappointed after reading the article
tho the intriguing thing about Anonymous is that, since they invite anyone and everyone to be a part of them, they could easily just say that it's one of their "weaker members" or something, and point to the fact that even people with next-to-no computer knowledge are welcome to help in their DDoSes (willingly or unwillingly )

firey said,
I thought Anon use LOIC?

From what I've seen, if a web server is hit better with Slowloris they'll encourage their followers to use pyloris and attack it. Tho I did think most of their attacks were done using large botnets

"This post from @Symantec about @YourAnonNews's spreading the DDOS hijacking trojan is wrong & libelous to say the least."

I'm guessing they won't be taking this libel case to court tho

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
"This post from @Symantec about @YourAnonNews's spreading the DDOS hijacking trojan is wrong & libelous to say the least."

I'm guessing they won't be taking this libel case to court tho

No, but they'll probably run upstairs and tell mommy that someone said something mean about them.

Anon is pretty predictable about this stuff.

If a system is taken down somewhere, anywhere, they'll jump up and down like the Taliban insisting it was all them.

If anything bad ever happens to anyone, anywhere, connected with them, it's completely unfounded. Or the person was never a member of Anon in the first place. LOL@ inept governments, etc, etc.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Joshie said,
Anon is pretty predictable about this stuff.

If a system is taken down somewhere, anywhere, they'll jump up and down like the Taliban insisting it was all them.

If anything bad ever happens to anyone, anywhere, connected with them, it's completely unfounded. Or the person was never a member of Anon in the first place. LOL@ inept governments, etc, etc.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

The best part is that their responses to the claims always amount to "Nuh uh!" rather than actually trying to make proper rebuttals with evidence to support their innocence.

Tweaky Nippleton said,

The best part is that their responses to the claims always amount to "Nuh uh!" rather than actually trying to make proper rebuttals with evidence to support their innocence.


Agreed.