The story around the Wikileaks DDoS circus continues. On Thursday 5 people, alleged members of the hacker group “Anonymous”, were arrested in the UK.
Three teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 19, were arrested in a series of coordinated raids at 7a.m. along with two men aged 20 and 26. All five are being held in custody at local police stations.
Anonymous responded with a press release claiming the move was a “Declaration of War”:
The letter continues on their website. They likened the DDoS attacks to a peaceful protest:
It is clear then, that arresting somebody for taking part in a DDoS attack is exactly like arresting somebody for attending a peaceful demonstration in their hometown. Anonymous believes this right to peacefully protest is one of the fundamental pillars of any democracy and should not be restricted in any way.
They also claimed that no computers were compromised in the attack, that the DDoS was no more than a large number of users accessing the websites.
So how has the government responded? Well, today the FBI executed numerous search warrants according to an FBI press release:
FBI agents today executed more than 40 search warrants throughout the United States as part of an ongoing investigation into recent coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations. Also today, the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police Service executed additional search warrants and arrested five people for their alleged role in the attacks.
So, it appears that the fun and games is over as the reality of jail time is sinking in for those who thought this was a just a harmless game.
There was also an interesting article on Infosec Island about the DDoS program that Anonymous was using. Apparently hacktivist “The Jester” has infected the latest version of the DDoS tool that Anonymous used:
“That’s right ladies and gents, trolls and trollettes, skiddie, wannabe, and poser…. The DHN files that you are downloading, using, and “playing” with are altered versions of the original. These lovely beauties are, in fact, infected by none other than th3j35t3r.”
Of the alterations to the new version, the author states that “it gives up paths, usernames, ip, MAC, sysinfo, everything…”
Interesting, if the new version gives up information about the user, who is collecting it? Is “The Jester” really a government agent? And is the FBI using the information garnered for obtaining their search warrants and for prosecution? This story just keeps getting better and better.