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Planned DDOS campaign against DNS is meant to highlight piracy legislation issues

Al Gore may have finally met his match.  While members of Anonymous aren't planning on inventing the internet, they are planning on destroying it -- supposedly.  

The tricky thing about Anonymous is that they're Anonymous, so it's hard to differentiate fact from fictional prank, even if you want to.  But a Pastebin has been posted dubbed "Operation Global Blackout", which claims that the Anons are going to test the limits of their distributed denial of service attacking capabilities at the end of March.

The DDOS campaign is expected to target the world's 13 domain name servers (DNSs), that allow the public to use the internet by translating human legible text-string URLs into machine-readable IP addresses.  If the attack indeed materializes and if the DNS servers are all taken down, the Mayan apocalypse could come early -- the internet could blink offline.

The Pastebin describes:

By cutting these off the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a domain name lookup, thus, disabling the HTTP Internet, which is, after all, the most widely used function of the Web. Anybody entering "" 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.

In other words "we're not trying to kill the internet, but we're trying to kill it for a little bit," implies Anonymous.

The posting goes into the planned attack in explicit detail.  The tool use will be the Reflective DNS Amplification DDoS tool.  By spoofing the DNS server with small UDP packets which appear to have orginated from the DNS server itself, the attacker tricks the DNS server into sending messages to itself creating a cascade of failures.  The "amplified" part comes from the fact that the sent packets are small, but they trigger a large barrage of data.

DNS Server
Anonymous will reportedly try to shut down DNS servers worldwide at the end of the month.
[Image Source: Renjus Blog]

So what's the point of this planned attack?  According to Anonymous:

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.

Again, there's no confirmation this post is real -- it could simply be the work of a clever security researcher trying to scare the DNS servers into beefing up their security.  Also, given that the Anons have explained their reported attack vector, it may be easier to block.

It's a bit hard to believe that they could actually take down the internet.  Past attacks on DNS servers have failed to accomplish the unthinkable -- worldwide internet outage.  And Anonymous's purported past claims -- such as a threat that Facebook would be taken down (a claim later denied by some members), an attack on the NYSE, and a DDOS attack on BART all failed to have the intended level of service disruption.  On the other hand Anonymous did help take down Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758) digital properties as well as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's public homepage.

Thus it's a bit premature to start panicking, but it couldn't hurt to grab a few IP addresses of your favorite sites, just in case things get anywhere close to as crazy as the post promises.

Sources: PasteBin, NeoWin

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misfocused group
By cubby1223 on 3/28/2012 2:52:29 AM , Rating: 5
The only thing a successful attack on the dns servers would do, is prove that governments need more control over the internet to implement the necessary blocks against Anonymous.

In other words, the end result would be the exact opposite of what they desire. Thanks.

Personally, I have little to no sympathy left for people who believe they are entitled to other people's work without compensation just because it is there.

RE: misfocused group
By SPOOFE on 3/28/2012 3:55:43 AM , Rating: 4
I have no sympathy or antipathy for Anonymous. I think it's just an inevitable manifestation of the technology, population, and societal conditions: People will start to behave thus, and hence, Anonymous.

It helps if you mentally replace "Anonymous" with "avalanche" or "hurricane" or "other natural disaster here" whenever you read articles about them. :D

RE: misfocused group
By geddarkstorm on 3/28/2012 12:43:52 PM , Rating: 1
It'd be nice if hurricanes called us up in advance to tell us the exact cities they were going to land fall over, when, and at what category they expect themselves.

RE: misfocused group
By taggedjc on 3/31/2012 10:48:21 AM , Rating: 1
Oh, but they do. It's called meteorology.

RE: misfocused group
By Cerin218 on 4/2/2012 10:14:52 AM , Rating: 2
The forecast was that it would be 78 and sunny here yesterday. It actually turned out to be cloudy and 60. Meteorology is an art, not a science. It's one of the few jobs where you can be consistently wrong and still have a job.

RE: misfocused group
By hughlle on 3/28/2012 4:22:50 AM , Rating: 2
Wasn't the honcho in cahoots with the FBI? It could kinda make sense when you take that into account, achieving exactly what they want.

RE: misfocused group
By carage on 4/2/2012 12:10:45 AM , Rating: 2
I would assume after the story got out, he probably got voted out...

RE: misfocused group
By Reclaimer77 on 3/28/2012 10:00:08 AM , Rating: 4
Pretty much.

It's like me thinking a good way to protest gun control legislation is to go around shooting people. Ummm, seems like that would have the opposite affect of my intended goal.

RE: misfocused group
By gorehound on 3/28/2012 11:13:49 AM , Rating: 1
Do us all a favor Anonymous and hack that Hate Group "NOM".We want to see their Donor List and whatever Dirty Laundry is kicking around their Servers.

RE: misfocused group
By Argon18 on 3/28/2012 4:33:41 PM , Rating: 3
You might want to look in the mirror, your ignorance is showing. I'm on the NOM donor list, as are people of every race, religion, and gender. Blacks and whites, Jews and Muslims, Men and Women in every state. NOM isn't a "hate group" as you confusedly call them. Far from it. If you want to see a hate group, go hang out in some gay forums and see the kinds of expletives, slurs, rampant christophobia, and threats of violence against "non believers" they write every day of the week. That is the very definition of a hate group.

RE: misfocused group
By wiz220 on 3/28/12, Rating: 0
RE: misfocused group
By Argon18 on 3/29/2012 6:35:25 PM , Rating: 1
that's nonsense and you know it. marriage is not some arbitrary pairing of genderless humans, and it isn't open to re-interpretation according to the social whims of the day. mother nature herself has defined the parameters - it takes one man and one woman to procreate and perpetuate the species. any deviation from that recipe is a dead end. because you don't believe in this very simple biological concept for some reason, does not lump everyone else under some pro-discrimination umbrella, as you've been led to believe.

RE: misfocused group
By glennco on 3/30/2012 1:55:05 AM , Rating: 1
yet gay people do exist. what you are saying is marriage is purely for people who will have children. marriage is whatever human beings decide it is, as it is a human custom, not parameters defined by mother nature (or should i say evolution as mother nature means nothing). you are confusing marriage with procreation.

RE: misfocused group
By KCjoker on 3/28/2012 5:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
Just because you don't like their views doesn't make them a "hate" group.

RE: misfocused group
By HrilL on 3/28/2012 12:00:50 PM , Rating: 3
Wrong. It proves we need a more open approach to DNS. It needs to be decentralized so it can never be taken down.

As for taking the root DNS servers down, most if not all ISPs have cache servers that users use and these will not be taken down so most likely nothing will happen even if they are successful at taking down the root servers. New domains and renewals won't happen but that’s about it.

RE: misfocused group
By Ammohunt on 3/28/2012 10:34:32 PM , Rating: 2
Thats exactly what will happen nothing! other that maybe the few obscure sites like that may not be cached being unavailable. even if they managed to say inject something into the root server it would take days for it to propagate to other DNS servers which by that time those servers would have be configured not to forward to root servers.

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