[ISN] Radio Free Europe DDOS attack latest by hactivists

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Fri May 02 2008 - 01:11:12 PDT


By Elinor Mills
News Blog
May 1, 2008

A distributed denial-of-service attack on Radio Free Europe/Radio 
Liberty this week is the latest attack in a resurgence of hacktivism 
(hacking + activism) in the Internet underground, a security researcher 

The attack knocked out or interrupted eight RFL/RL sites, starting with 
Belarus and including Kosovo, Russia, and Azerbaijan, according to the 
news agency's Web site.

At one point the Web sites were getting up to 50,000 fake hits per 
second from other machines. The attack started on April 26, the 22nd 
anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident and RFE/RL was going to be 
covering demonstrators protesting over lack of compensation for victims 
and the government's plan to build a new nuclear power station.

Several weeks ago CNN's site was a target of hackers believed to be 
based in China, sites in France have been targeted, and a year ago 
Estonian sites were attacked, notes Paul Ferguson, an advanced threat 
researcher at Trend Micro who wrote about the trend this week.

"These things are generally grass-roots driven, either regional, 
cultural or national," and unlike most cybercrime attacks, they are not 
motivated by financial gain, he told CNET News.com.

Because the attacks are designed to limit the flow of information, they 
have more of a societal impact than other cyberattacks, Ferguson says. 
"I anticipate we'll see more of these over the summer, driven by 
geo-political issues" like Tibetan protests during the Olympics being 
hosted in China, he predicts.

Hactivism, or hacking for political purposes, isn't new; it dates back 
at least to 1989. There was a rash of events around the turn of the 
century, including some organized by artists and environmental activists 
newly empowered with Internet tools.

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