People unknowingly joining Web site attacks – Anonymous tricked

People unknowingly joining Web site attacks – Anonymous tricked


The Web pages hosting the denial-of-service attack tools, some of which were in Spanish, redirected the visiting computer to the target site automatically, unless JavaScript was disabled, while others allowed users to specify which site to target.

(Credit: Anonymous)

If you clicked a link distributed by Anonymous yesterday, you may have unwittingly helped the online activists in their attacks against U.S. government and entertainment industry sites that were organized to protest proposed antipiracy legislation.

A version of Anonymous’ voluntary botnet software, known as LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Canon), was modified to make it not so voluntary, drafting unwary bystanders, journalists and even anons who don’t support DDoS tactics into attacks on the U.S. Justice Department. Thursday’s trickery seems not to have been central to the successful takedown of sites like, and, but not all anons are pleased with forcing unwitting bystanders to join in a potentially illegal action.

The trick snagged those who happened to click on a shortened link on social-media services, expecting information on the ongoing #opmegaupload retaliation for the U.S. Justice Department’s takedown of popular file sharing site Megaupload. Instead they were greeted by a Javascript version of LOIC — already firing packets at targeted websites by the time their page was loaded.

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