Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cyber War (II)

So over the last few days, there's been some fascinating activity in the interwobs. Wikileaks seems to have sparked a war of sorts between "patriots" that are attacking Wikileaks and "hacktivists" like Anonymous who are attacking websites that have slighted Wikileaks in some way. I don't really have anything interesting to say about it except that it's really really cool. BoingBoing has more here. The BBC has a story here. And the Economist's Babbage blog has a primer on Anonymous here

This is really cool stuff. On the heels of a ridiculous virus like Stuxnet, we've got what seems to be one of the most ferocious and high-profile DDoS battles ever seen. Interestingly, Stuxnet is based on an ingenious virus, whereas DDoS attacks are some of the most rudimentary attacks possible. They're also among the most effective.

Fascinating.

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