Efforts to track down the “Anonymous” group involved in the Operation Payback DDoS attacks have included an FBI raid against a Texas-based server-hosting company according to recent reports.
Other raids have been reported in Germany and British Columbia relating to the attacks, but they don’t appear to have led to any new arrests. So far the arrest of a 16 year old Dutchman for his involvement in the attacks was the only one which has come.
But the documents suggest that the FBI is really keen on tracking down those involved, and has been targeting the IP addresses used in the organization of the attacks. Officials have declined comment on what information was garnered from the seizure of servers involved.
Though “Anonymous” predates the recent high-profile attacks, the organization’s use of a “voluntary botnet” to attack the websites of organizations which have moved against WikiLeaks has garnered them enormous media attention, as well as attention from law enforcement. The group briefly downed the websites of Visa and MasterCard early in December.
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The US Government is going to try and find "Anonymous"?
Good luck with that!
I here! I'm there. I'm everywhere!
I suppose everyone should stop using my name as an alias, or then again maybe should everyone start?
It's like saying "I'm Spartacus". Funny how the Empire is in such hot pursuit of Anonymous and to this very day hasn't laid charges on a certain Saudi more than likely buried in some cave.
We seek him here
We seek him there
Those Feddies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That demmed elusive Anonwell.
… with apology to Baroness Orczy
Never underestimate the power of absolute evil or the U.S. government…… But never dismiss the power of an idea whoze time has arrived… WIKILEAKS….. may be the new black………,!!!!!!!!!!!!
DDoS attacks are a criminal and highly disruptive act. By trying to track down the perpetrators, the FBI is simply doing its job. I admire what Wikileaks has done – but that does not justify committing illegal acts in its support.
What we all should be asking is a different question – is the FBI trying to track down with the same fervor the people who launched DDoS attacks against the original http://www.wikileaks.org site? And, if not – why not? They were just as illegal and their perpetrators should be aprehended and punished accordingly, too.
Quite so. Yet if the "criminal" acts are being done by the FBI, NSA, CIA or whatever alphabet agency is responsible, they certainly wouldn't investigate themselves.
Dumping tea into Boston harbor was an illegal act.
Firing upon the Regulars at Lexington and Concord was an illegal act.
Signing the Declaration of Independence was an illegal act.
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