Anonymous Threatens Internet With "Operation Blackout"

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Anonymous Threatens Internet With "Operation Blackout"

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Anonymous has promised to blow up the entire internet at the end of the month.

You might want to stock up on freeze-dried food and 5.56mm ammunition over the next day or so, or at the very least a book or two you've been putting off, because Anonymous, the wild ghost riders of the internet, are pulling the plug on March 31.

"To protest SOPA, Wallstreet, our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun, on March 31, anonymous will shut the Internet down," a message on Pastebin warns. To be precise, Anonymous isn't actually trying to "kill" the internet, a fact the message readily admits. Instead, it's just going to make it a pain in the ass to use for awhile.

"In order to shut the Internet down, one thing is to be done. Down the 13 root DNS servers of the Internet. By cutting these off the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a domain name look-up, thus, disabling the HTTP Internet, which is, after all, the most widely used function of the Web," the message explains. "Anybody entering 'http://www.google.com' or ANY other url, will get an error page, thus, they will think the Internet is down, which is close enough. Remember, this is a protest, we are not trying to 'kill' the Internet, we are only temporarily shutting it down where it hurts the most."

Technical details about how "Operation Blackout" will work, as well as instructions on taking part [which, to be clear, I am absolutely not encouraging anyone to do] are included in the message. "It may only last one hour, maybe more, maybe even a few days," the message says. "No matter what, it will be global. It will be known." It concludes with the usual rambling justification for shenanigans and of course the "We are Anonymous etc." boilerplate.

Can this work? It sounds reasonable enough, at least for those of us who don't know what "the ramp linux client is located under the ramplinux folder and needs a working installation of python and scapy" means, but I'm sure the more technically adroit among us will ride in soon enough with reassurances that it's all a bunch of impossibly nonsensical technobabble and we have nothing to worry about. Or, conversely, that the end of the world is nigh. Either way, we'll find out for sure on Saturday!

via: GamePolitics

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In theory it is possible. But no one has ever actually done it, so it's unknown if it will work.

If it does, I salute them. Someone has needed to show people that the internet is not carved in stone for a while, since people are not taking sufficient precautions against the possibility of the internet failing or being temporarily deactivated somehow.

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What is this I don't even...

They are going to shut down the entire internet? Is that even possible?

Somehow I doubt they're going to be able to shut down the entire internet with the wrath of LOIC.

I am seriously doubting the authenticity of this threat. Seeing as how ANYONE can claim to be anonymous, it doesn't mean the entire collective is for shutting THEMSELVES down. Why in the hell would you attempt to shut down the collective's ability to communicate with one another? How would they know when Operation Blackout is over if there is no set date?

Not only that, but anonymous usually has a habit of claiming credit for an attack *after they've already done it.*

Okay kiddies, we can see you.
Put your arms down and go back upstairs and sit in your room.

Seriously... just, why?

All this would do is prove that Anonymous are a bunch of douches and they would lose the little support they still have.

Come on now, Anonymous, that's just silly. Everyone knows that if you want to shut down the internet you'd have to fetch it down from Big Ben first. They're either going to need security clearance or a few dozen ladders.

I'll probably be taking a nap during that one hour anyway?

Well, this is theoretically possible, it just depends on how much brute force they can fling at the root nodes. I'm going to start steam in offline mode just in case...

my god, we'll have to resort to ip addresses

actually i don't really know how this thing works anyway

Considering how this is a more serious threat than usual, I would just be worried that they've played their hand too soon.

I have no doubt that many governments have ideas of who participates in Anonymous attacks, and this is a perfect excuse to round them up.

Somebody find Jack Bauer, we've got a group of terrorists to hunt down.

Eh, we shall see. If it happens, it'll be soon enough anyways.

It seems like something that could work in theory. As mentioned, they aren't suggesting taking down the entire internet. Only making it appear to be down by taking out the main DNS servers that pretty much everyone uses. To them, the internet will appear to be down because they won't be able to connect to anything. It's less saying 'we're gonna take away your internet lol' and more 'we're going to make most people think we've taken down the internet by disabling the feature which makes it much easier to go to websites.'

In theory, it should be possible to connect to a website via entering their IP address instead of the domain name. That should create a direct connection if I'm not mistaken, bypassing the DNS altogether and allowing you to connect. But I'm not entirely sure.

Lol, in other news, space octopi are threatening to conquer Earth on the same day. This isn't going to happen.

Proverbial Jon:

What is this I don't even...

They are going to shut down the entire internet? Is that even possible?

Like I said: In theory. They won't actually 'shut down' all those servers, what they will do is effectively scramble anyone's ability to USE the internet, unless you know the actual IP addresses of the sites you want to visit.

Ultimately I think this is a bad idea. I mean we know about it now and why they want to but unless people can easily understand why it happens then they will just assume the worst and treat it as such, the reason the website blackouts were effective is they told people why it was happening and gave them an easy link to their reps.

They couldn't wait 'til AFTER Game of Thrones Season 2 could they!?

That's it, they have officially moved into the realms of internet terrorism. We don't like what a specific group is doing so we're going to attack everyone regardless of how related to the offending party they are or even if they are against them.

Of course, saying that would make them feel good, so I'll go back to referring to them as being on the same level as angsty teenagers breaking glass windows and tearing down posters thinking that makes them 'hardcore'.

At least they have the common courtesy of doing this on the weekend.

Well, in theory the internet can be taken down that way.

I suppose we find out on Saturday.

Also a friend of mine tells me that you can get around this by directly inputting the IP adresses of the site you want.

Worgen:
Ultimately I think this is a bad idea. I mean we know about it now and why they want to but unless people can easily understand why it happens then they will just assume the worst and treat it as such, the reason the website blackouts were effective is they told people why it was happening and gave them an easy link to their reps.

Well, the thing is they don't say 'How' they're going to do it. Which means there is nearly nothing that can be done to prevent it. For all we know, they've got vans parked across the street from each one loaded with a HERF weapon. (which would make sense given the name)

TitanAura:
I am seriously doubting the authenticity of this threat. Seeing as how ANYONE can claim to be anonymous, it doesn't mean the entire collective is for shutting THEMSELVES down. Why in the hell would you attempt to shut down the collective's ability to communicate with one another? How would they know when Operation Blackout is over if there is no set date?

Not only that, but anonymous usually has a habit of claiming credit for an attack *after they've already done it.*

First, they would be shutting down the HTTP aspect of the internet, there's more to it than just the websites most people are familiar with see. If they are tech savy enough to do what they say they will, they will know how to communicate through the other channels.

Second, the date is right there March 31, the time is up in the air, but that's just because they don't know how long they would be able to make it last.

Third, they don't cease to exist without the internet, I might just have misunderstood that part, but they're not shutting themselves down, they've shutting off the most popular part of the internet.

weirdguy:
my god, we'll have to resort to ip addresses

actually i don't really know how this thing works anyway

Kapol:

In theory, it should be possible to connect to a website via entering their IP address instead of the domain name. That should create a direct connection if I'm not mistaken, bypassing the DNS altogether and allowing you to connect. But I'm not entirely sure.

Simply entering IP addresses may work for some websites, but will not work for all. Many websites do not have a dedicated IP to call their own. Instead, they share that IP with other sites--or even subdomains of the same site. In this case, entering the IP address will either get you an error or a generic page that is none of these sites, or forwarded to whatever is the default site on that server.

Besides, you gonna remember to go note down the IPs of all the sites you visit? ;p

There is however a way ISPs could make such a short attack meaningless: increase the cache and TTL values on their own DNS, so that they don't have to go to the root servers.

You too can run your own DNS server, or just a plain DNS cache. Look up TreeWalk or AnalogX FastCache for Windows. If you run linux, you probably already know what to look up. :p

How I believe this is gonna go down:

*Anonymous Member X and his group of hackers has succeeded in taking down the internet. Cue Musical Number*

Anonymous Member X: *typing* We've done it! We've taken down the internet!...
*Anonymous Member X is now confused*
Anonymous Member X: Weird...the chat doesn't seem to be working. I'll try to refresh the page to see if that'll work...
*Anonymous Member X refreshes the page to get an error. He now sees what he has done*
Anonymous Member X: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

~FIN~

Captcha: The all-new Chevy Sonic

Apparently the captcha won't accept "The all-new Chevy Shitbox". I think mods need to fix this.

And the people of Anonymous shoot themselves in the foot AGAIN, because quite frankly this doesn't spread a message; quite the opposite - it stems the flow of information, and people will not know what the fuss is about unless the news tells them.

Funny, I read something when SOPA was still kicking about about anonymous doing exactly this. And they didn't do it. So I'm calling BS on this.

evilneko:

weirdguy:
my god, we'll have to resort to ip addresses

actually i don't really know how this thing works anyway

Kapol:

In theory, it should be possible to connect to a website via entering their IP address instead of the domain name. That should create a direct connection if I'm not mistaken, bypassing the DNS altogether and allowing you to connect. But I'm not entirely sure.

Simply entering IP addresses may work for some websites, but will not work for all. Many websites do not have a dedicated IP to call their own. Instead, they share that IP with other sites--or even subdomains of the same site. In this case, entering the IP address will either get you an error or a generic page that is none of these sites, or forwarded to whatever is the default site on that server.

Besides, you gonna remember to go note down the IPs of all the sites you visit? ;p

There is however a way ISPs could make such a short attack meaningless: increase the cache and TTL values on their own DNS, so that they don't have to go to the root servers.

You too can run your own DNS server, or just a plain DNS cache. Look up TreeWalk or AnalogX FastCache for Windows. If you run linux, you probably already know what to look up. :p

Right, I was actually looking into that and just found the fact IP addresses are often shared out. But I was actually looking into finding out all the IPs of websites I would want to visit, just in case, when I found that out. I'm actually studying CNS right now, but most of what I'm doing is with setting up the routers and routes, not dealing with the DNS quite yet. :p

But the ISP thing is if they take the attack seriously. Which, given the situation is a bit iffy to begin, I doubt many will do. Might have to look into the running my own DNS server just a precaution though.

Bob_F_It:
And the people of Anonymous shoot themselves in the foot AGAIN, because quite frankly this doesn't spread a message; quite the opposite - it stems the flow of information, and people will not know what the fuss is about unless the news tells them.

EVERYTHING WE DO MAKES OUR POTENTIAL SUPPORTERS HATE US!

WHAT DO WE DO?

DO IT SOME MORE! MAYBE THEY'LL CHANGE THEIR MINDS!!!

dumbasses.

Didn't this already get denied on Twitter and Facebook by Anonymous? Coulda sworn this first came out last month or so, and they already said it's just some fuckwit using the name Anonymous to get more attention.

How does this punish the people they are complaining about exactly? I don't think the world leaders spend their weekends playing Starcraft online. Pretty sure big bankers don't spend it making youtube comments too.

Kapol:
Might have to look into the running my own DNS server just a precaution though.

I've had bind running on my linux box for a few years now. ;)

(There are simpler options, but I wanted the experience of using bind)

So let me get this straight.

Anonymous have been saying that the internet represents their ideals like freedom of speech and whatnot, and this is also the same group that (along with many other groups and websites) opposed SOPA and PIPA because the bills could potentially destroy the internet.

And now they are going to do the one thing that they have protested against?

You see, this is what I'm talking about. Anonymous have degraded themselves so much because of stupid things like this. They don't care about the people anymore, and quite frankly, I'm not so sure they ever have cared.

Anonymous, please. Stop, just stop. The people have had enough. You just don't represent the people anymore and you're nothing but a complete and utter joke.

Sorry for this rant, but they are just getting on my nerves now.

Note: I'm aware they have said that they are not going to "destroy" or "kill" the internet, but that still doesn't change my opinion of them.

I'd be really interested to see if this will work. The premise seems simple, but I imagine pulling it off isn't.

They shut down the entire internet, we will have Anarchy. Also....Never mind, I was going to say I have no porn but then I realized I have a USB for taht.

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