FBI Executes Search Warrants on 40 Anonymous Members

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FBI Executes Search Warrants on 40 Anonymous Members

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The FBI cracked down on several hackers who participated in denial of service attacks in defense of Wikileaks.

Yesterday, we learned that Scotland Yard arrested five gentlemen for allegedly helping perform DDoS, or distributed denial of service, attacks by the group called Anonymous. Not to be outdone by their English counterparts, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation released a statement saying that they have executed over 40 search warrants in connection with the attacks made by members of Anonymous in support of Julian Assange's Wikileaks. The FBI said that it was working closely with many international law enforcement agencies to keep our internet safe from the likes of a few "hackers" using a program called "Low Orbit Ion Cannon" distributed by Anonymous to facilitate DDoS attacks.

"The FBI also is reminding the public that facilitating or conducting a DDoS attack is illegal, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, as well as exposing participants to significant civil liability," the statement read.

As far as I know, these coordinated raids by the Scotland Yard and the FBI are the first major organized response from law enforcement against Anonymous. The group has had quite a storied history of rubbing its nose at whatever kind of organization that it deems unworthy, from Scientology and the Tea Party to Amazon.com and Paypal for withdrawing access to assets from Wikileaks owner Julian Assange. Not even snow is safe from the likes of Anonymous.

But it seems that the loosely organized group of cyber-freedom fighters has bit off more than it can chew by messing with the federal government of the US, even if somewhat indirectly. Either that, or these so-called hackers shouldn't have used an application like LOIC to attack major corporations without properly masking where they were located.

As many of you pointed out on the story yesterday, it's sad that what these individuals did is even considered hacking.

Source: FBI

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Shouldn't the FBI be tracking down actual criminals? These are just people with too much time on their hands, with a slightly illegal way of purveying their message. I honestly see not too much wrong with that (until they start causing actual problems).

Well, i guess no one is Anonymous is safe no more. Can't say i am unhappy, but i think this is a waste of the FBI's time and resources. Ah well, grass is always greener, eh?

The anonymous members dun goofed. It looks like the FBI...backtraced it. I guess they now know not to mess with the cyber police.

Well America really wants Assange in jail, no wonder they go against supporters.
(And didn't before since it wasn't as important)
I wonder how many of the 40 are just infected users, DDoS works that way.
well if you have thousands of users some of them aren't going to be to tech savy.
This type of "hacking" can be done with a exe, it just doesn't work as well and is unsafe.
Loved the snow havktivism, though it might be a troll attempt.... ;)

It's cool that DDOS attacks won't be as prevalent as they were in the past, but..

JRCB:
Shouldn't the FBI be tracking down actual criminals?

So, the FBI doesn't have enough to do, eh?

I'm glad that the United States have become such an honest and place that the only stuff left investigating by the feds is a bunch of kids running programs they don't really understand.

What a heart-warming story.

Well i can't wait to see how this unfolds.

The chase is on!

Low Orbit Ion Canon?

Oh, this shit is officially ON.

Saw this coming. Anonymous have never, ever actually been safe. They are learning this now.

Forty? Really? Just forty? You couldn't bring down Encyclopedia Dramatica down with forty LOIC users.

SlainPwner666:
It's cool that DDOS attacks won't be as prevalent as they were in the past, but..

JRCB:
Shouldn't the FBI be tracking down actual criminals?

Why stop child molestation when they could be tracking murderers? Why track murderers when they could be tracking mass murderers? Why track mass murderers when they could be fighting Cthulhu's entrance in to our dimension? I say the full force of all goverment agencies should be tracking down the worst offenders and only those, if the local police can't do it the criminals earned their freedom.

Neptunus Hirt:
So, the FBI doesn't have enough to do, eh?

I'm glad that the United States have become such an honest and place that the only stuff left investigating by the feds is a bunch of kids running programs they don't really understand.

What a heart-warming story.

You are aware they make a sarcasm font on this board, right? I figure I should let you know, just in case.

I don't think attacking script kiddies is going to help that much.

So the FBI isn't tracking actual criminals but rather these script-kiddies? Wow, the police organizations world-wide really have their priorities right!

Obviously there will be casualties in their war. And many members will drop out now, even if these searches have no results. But Anonymous will never fall.

And yeah, this isn't hacking. It's using a stupid program.

It was only a matter of time until the Cyber Police wasn't so much of a laughing matter.
I hope they get what they deserve.

Rationalization:

Why stop child molestation when they could be tracking murderers? Why track murderers when they could be tracking mass murderers? Why track mass murderers when they could be fighting Cthulhu's entrance in to our dimension? I say the full force of all goverment agencies should be tracking down the worst offenders and only those, if the local police can't do it the criminals earned their freedom.

Make the jump from using a script-kiddy utility to child molestation and it quickly becomes apparent that you're not really addressing the basic problem here.
The FBI is wasting its resources on stupid kids. Call their parents. Deal with real crimes (yeah, child molestation and Cthulhu and all that jazz) with all time time and effort left over.

Just to emphasize: I'd rather compare using LOIC with loitering around the corner store, or perhaps illegally burning a bit of trash on the sidewalk.
I'm pretty sure the FBI don't usually deal with that kind of stuff, but I could be wrong.

Because murder just doesn't cut it anymore for the FBI, what a waste of tax money

Eri:
The anonymous members dun goofed. It looks like the FBI...backtraced it. I guess they now know not to mess with the cyber police.

Couldn't have said it better myself, haha. I always mention the cyber police and backtracking in real life and no one knows what I'm talking about, most people actually think I'm talking logically.

Gotta love the replies of why aren't they doing other ""things""?

Because you mean to say that the FBI dropped every other case, every other court proceeding..etc and the entire FBI concentrated on just this case right?

Rationalization:

SlainPwner666:
It's cool that DDOS attacks won't be as prevalent as they were in the past, but..

JRCB:
Shouldn't the FBI be tracking down actual criminals?

Why stop child molestation when they could be tracking murderers? Why track murderers when they could be tracking mass murderers? Why track mass murderers when they could be fighting Cthulhu's entrance in to our dimension? I say the full force of all goverment agencies should be tracking down the worst offenders and only those, if the local police can't do it the criminals earned their freedom.

I have firsthand experience with matters of law enforcement and have learned that it is a largely discretionary effort, and many crimes go unanswered (including assault and rape) unless the officer(s) or chief investigator are so inclined to do otherwise. I don't think it unreasonable to conclude that where big money is concerned, criminal activity will receive a higher priority than so-called "actual criminals".

Hell, the police themselves have explained to me very plainly that a reported or even confessed crime doesn't necessarily have to be enforced unless it suits them.

OT: I remember seeing images posted on how to do this on other message boards, and they all claimed the method was totally safe and untraceable. Looks like people were being trolled, not that I would imagine anyone with any sense would listen to anon when it comes to such matters.

Man this seems like more of a job for the police than the FBI.

I guess they must be bored or something.

Woot, go FBI :D.

Bring those bastards down.

benbenthegamerman:
Well, i guess no one is Anonymous is safe no more. Can't say i am unhappy, but i think this is a waste of the FBI's time and resources. Ah well, grass is always greener, eh?

Partly because most Anons these days are somewhat lacking in skill and are much to confident for their own good.

Chanspeak version: Most ANONS are NFs. Which is ok. I think that arrested is a cool guy, eh takes shit for skilled Anon's and doesn't afraid of anything.

Anonymous should have learned to actually be anyonymous when trying this junk.

Real criminals? while they maybe bigger fish to fry out there these guys did pull off some attacks on major commercial sites, and happily bragged about all their antics publicly, they were due for a beatdown.

40 is still too low as a number....~

although it got a lot more hardcore compared to 5.
I wonder what they're up to, or better, in what extend theyre willing to take actions.
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whatever kind of organization that it deems unworthy

more like worthy

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Neptunus Hirt:
So, the FBI doesn't have enough to do, eh?

I'm glad that the United States have become such an honest and place that the only stuff left investigating by the feds is a bunch of kids running programs they don't really understand.

What a heart-warming story.

You are aware they make a sarcasm font on this board, right? I figure I should let you know, just in case.

I don't think attacking script kiddies is going to help that much.

Pray tell, how does one use said sarcasm font?

!Or are you trying to give us some helpful advice.

Anonymous Dun Goofed and the Cyber Police were called.

I guess he was more serious than we thought.

SlainPwner666:
It's cool that DDOS attacks won't be as prevalent as they were in the past, but..

JRCB:
Shouldn't the FBI be tracking down actual criminals?

Since when was DDoS not illegal?

These ARE criminals.

They need to teach kids a lesson that you don't step on the government's toes. It isn't just about busting a couple kids, it's reinforcing the notion you aren't safe to do illegal things on the internet and that you can be held responsible for your actions.

That's well worth the resources spent.

SODAssault:
Forty? Really? Just forty? You couldn't bring down Encyclopedia Dramatica down with forty LOIC users.

Do you have cakes? Do you have forty of them?

Can anyone say "brbfbi"?

Forty is better than 0, but for things like DDoS attacks, that seems like an awful lot of people to coordinate.

Personally from my Network Security course, DoS (DDoS) is a very brute, in-flexible method of attack, there are better ones but I can't say anything in fear of incurring moderator wrath (NO PLEASE I LOVE YOU!!), but also because ethics is a part of that course as well.

cerebus23:
Anonymous should have learned to actually be anyonymous when trying this junk.

Also I concur.

SomethingAmazing:

They need to teach kids a lesson that you don't step on the government's toes.

uh, "obey the ruler!" ?

Rationalization:

SlainPwner666:
It's cool that DDOS attacks won't be as prevalent as they were in the past, but..

JRCB:
Shouldn't the FBI be tracking down actual criminals?

Why stop child molestation when they could be tracking murderers? Why track murderers when they could be tracking mass murderers? Why track mass murderers when they could be fighting Cthulhu's entrance in to our dimension? I say the full force of all goverment agencies should be tracking down the worst offenders and only those, if the local police can't do it the criminals earned their freedom.

Har har, rather clever. I should've worded it better. Yes, it's nice that they're finally showing Anonymous how "Anonymous" they are, but isn't the FBI for like, bank robbers, serial kills, terrorists and the like? It seems, at least to me, to be a waste of effort to use the FBI just to arrest some dickhead teenagers who have nothing better to do than to "Haxor" webpages by clicking an .exe.

If anything, why not go after those who post child pornography or someone's personal information? Why DDoSing of all things?

SomethingAmazing:

SlainPwner666:
It's cool that DDOS attacks won't be as prevalent as they were in the past, but..

JRCB:
Shouldn't the FBI be tracking down actual criminals?

Since when was DDoS not illegal?

These ARE criminals.

They need to teach kids a lesson that you don't step on the government's toes. It isn't just about busting a couple kids, it's reinforcing the notion you aren't safe to do illegal things on the internet and that you can be held responsible for your actions.

That's well worth the resources spent.

And as I explained above, it's not that I condone DDoSing or support anonymous or anything like that, far from it. But to me, using the FBI and "Many international law enforcement agencies" simply to bring down a bunch of kids is like using the Army, tanks and all, to stop a riot.

Icehearted:
I have firsthand experience with matters of law enforcement and have learned that it is a largely discretionary effort, and many crimes go unanswered (including assault and rape) unless the officer(s) or chief investigator are so inclined to do otherwise. I don't think it unreasonable to conclude that where big money is concerned, criminal activity will receive a higher priority than so-called "actual criminals".

That's right a highly publicisized event using means that havn't been cracked down on hard targeted at multi-national companies and government website both of which were felonies resulted in arrests on people that were sloppy and probably didn't take much work.

Neptunus Hirt:

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I wasn't comparing the two crimes I was saying how ridiculous it is to BE comparing crimes.

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