Sunday, May Day, the nebulous Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous was successful in targeting and taking down numerous government web sites in Iran.
According to reports Anonymous managed to temporarily cripple multiple Iranian state sponsored web sites including „those of the Office of the Supreme Leader, state police and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.“
Anonymous released a statement Friday announcing a cyber attack on Iran scheduled for May 1, International Labor Day, as part of their on-going Operation Iran (#OpIran). Apparently that attack met with some success.
Anonymous utilizes multiple, coordinated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The attacks are conducted via a network of Low Orbit Ion Canons (LOICs). Such attacks constitute an orchestrated attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended user.
Following the Twitter stream Sunday it became apparent that Anonymous was having success targeting and taking down government web sites in Iran. What follows is a sample of Sunday’s relevant tweets:
#OpIran is a real success. Pratically all the targets are down!
Anonymous has a well documented history of political action. Previously Anonymous has launched successful International operations in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Yemen, as well as New Zealand and Colombia. Also, in defense of the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks, Anonymous launched successful attacks against such corporate giants as PayPal, Visa and MasterCard.
In addition, Anonymous has launched successful cyber attacks against such multi-national corporations as Sony and Warner Bros., and Anonymous has been successful in taking on such quasi religious organizations as the Westboro Baptist Church and the Church of Scientology. Source: examiner
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