Saturday, December 11, 2010

Democracy in action . . .

THE GUARDIAN HAS A REPORT, "WikiLeaks backlash: The first global cyber war has begun, claim hackers" that merits your attention. Next week should be of interest as Anonymous' cohort keeps at it. Can they get enough computers together to rattle Amazon, Visa and MasterCard?

Anonymous leaders began distributing software tools to allow anyone with a computer to join Payback. So far more than 9,000 users in the US have downloaded the software; in second place is the UK with 3,000. Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, France, Spain, Poland, Russia and Australia follow with more than 1,000. The 11th country embroiled in the attacks is Sweden, where WikiLeaks's massive underground servers are housed, with 75 downloads.

Sean-Paul Correll, a cyber threat analyst at Panda Security, who has monitored Operation Payback since its conception, said it was impossible to "profile" those involved. "They are anonymous and they are everywhere," he said. "They have day jobs. They are adults and kids. It is just a bunch of people." Middle-class professional members working alongside self-styled anarchists.


bigcitylib said...

"Can they get enough computers together to rattle Amazon, Visa and MasterCard?"

Mastercard and maybe Amazon. 2 outta 3 ain't bad.

Boris said...

I think those photos are reversed. The bolt on the rifle is on the left.