25 Jan 2012 UPDATE: Total downloads since 20 Jan now over 110,000 copies and still going.
This story on CNET about a video allegedly from Anonymous threatening to take FaceBook down on 28 January has been denied by … @AnonOps! Once again (as on 5 November 2011) Anons are being set up as wanting to “kill FaceBook” – but this time, some busy work has been happening that could make it impossible for Anonymous to defend their claim of innocence. Even if – like last time – they don’t take FaceBook down, someone else could. I am referring to the 112,000+ downloads of LOIC in the 6 days since the Anon attack on FBI, US Gov and media industry sites that followed the raid on MegaUpload.
The geographical distribution of the downloads, coming from 182 countries, is so widespread it looks highly suspicious to me. What makes this even more interesting and less believable is WikiPedia shows us exactly the same number – 182 – of the 195 countries in the world have internet access. Is such a coincidence even remotely likely to happen under normal circumstances?
So here’s the deal: if enough copies have been downloaded by an organised group – or an organisation – they could indeed target every one of FaceBook’s 60,000 servers. They could also use the same technique to mask their location as we are likely seeing in action with the LOIC downloads statistics. Are there plans to stage a “Blue Hat” operation against FaceBook and pin it on Anonymous? What I am suggesting here is that Anonymous’ biggest weakness: the ease with which any entity, shielded by their anonymity, can pass itself off as Anonymous, is at work in a major way. Anon may be about to get pwned by the “Anti-Anon”.
- 20 Jan 2012 Interesting LOIC Download Stats
- Anonymous wants to shut down Facebook on Jan. 28 (venturebeat.com)
- Anonymous Launches Largest Attack Ever Following Megaupload Closure (techfleece.com)
- ‘We are legion’: Anonymous hacks French presidential website
- Al Jazeera: Is the Middle East on the Brink of Cyber War?
- Operation Payback used LOIC
- WordPress attacked by LOIC