Anonymous Joins the Middle Eastern Fray
While the Egyptian Revolution is not being televised — not as long as President Murbarak is in power, anyway — it is certainly receiving extensive coverage on the Internet, with Twitter and Facebook being the primary resources. Now, thanks to some Denial of Service attacks aimed at Murbarak supporters, the Anonymous group has offered their support to the Egyptian protesters with the only way they know how:
Creating Internet chaos.
Normally, the Anonymous group uses DDoS attacks to get their message across and with the Middle Eastern quagmire, it’s no different. After recent attacks on the Tunisian government, the group turned their computing power towards Yemen and the “Day of Rage,” a civilian protest against the Yemeni government, similar to the unrest going on in Egypt.
During the “Day of Rage” protest, Anonymous launched a DDoS attack at the Yemeni Ministry of Information’s page and Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. They also directed their denial of service resources at President Mubarak’s page; although, it has returned to web.
As for Anonymous, they’re proudly crowing about their attacks on everybody’s favorite method of communicating with others on the Internet — Twitter:
#Mubarak, SHAME on you. The internet cannot do much. But we read on IRC: "3200 4 gigabits servers are attacking the president’s website."
Internet in #Egypt is up. Why isn’t Mubarak’s site? Because we do not forgive, We do not forget. Egyptians, Hang in there, we are with you.
Despite recent arrest warrants issued by the FBI, clearly, Anonymous has no intentions of backing down. If the group feels you are in violation of their creed — that is, impeding someone’s freedom — and you’re powerful enough for them to notice, chances are they will try to make an example out of you. Granted, DDoS attacks are more of a pain than a battle-shifting type of assault, but it doesn’t mean they don’t accomplish Anonymous’ goals, either:
Shedding light on these impositions of freedom, and well, perhaps themselves, too.