Anonymous brings down Interpol website in retaliation for 25 arrests

Published: 29 February, 2012, 03:57
Edited: 07 March, 2012, 12:18

Interpol’s main website has been downed by the Anonymous hacker group in retaliation for the international police agency’s hacker arrests worldwide. And such attacks will continue, the hacktivists promise.

The website Interpol.int was unreachable for a half hour on Wednesday. Access was later restored, although the loading time remains slow. The attack appears to have been conducted using a botnet. Anonymous Twitter accounts tweeted “interpol.int seems to be #TangoDown. We can’t say that this surprises us much,” and “Looks like interpol.int is having some traffic issues. Now who would have expected that?”

The attacks came as Interpol announced the arrests of 25 suspected Anonymous members, aged between 17 and 40, who it alleges planned coordinated cyber-attacks against Colombia’s defense ministry and presidential websites, Chile’s Endesa electricity company and national library, among other targets. The arrests were part of Operation Unmask, during which police in Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Spain seized computers, mobile phones, credit cards and cash at 40 locations in 15 cities.

Among the 25 under arrest are four Anonymous hackers detained by police in Spain on Tuesday under claims that they conducted attacks on Spanish political party websites. The Spanish National Police also said two servers in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic had been blocked as part of Operation Unmask, and that a manager of Anonymous operations in Spain and Latin America, known by the aliases Thunder and Pacotron, was among those arrested.

The four are also suspected of vandalizing websites, conducting DDoS attacks and publishing sensitive data on police officers assigned to Spain’s royal palace and its prime minister’s office.

Anonymous has added Interpol’s scalp to its already impressive collection of successfully downed websites.

Their most notable operation up to date was the response to the closing down of the Megaupload file sharing service. In retaliation, Anonymous attacked the websites of the White House, after succeeding in taking down the websites of the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice, Universal Music Group, RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America.

In another headline-making case, WikiLeaks released over 5 million emails of the private intelligence company Stratfor, dubbed the “shadow CIA.” Reports say Wikileaks obtained the data through the Anonymous network.

A message spread by an Anonymous spokesperson said the group intends to continue attacks for the “unforeseeable future”.

A Twitter message reportedly associated with the Brazilian wing of the group said “Interpol, you can’t take Anonymous. It’s an idea.”

via Anonymous brings down Interpol website in retaliation for 25 arrests — RT.

Apple computers infected with Flashback Trojan virus in ‘rude awakening’ for Mac users

Trojan has compromised 550,000 machines, claims Russian security firm

Attack is ‘rude awakening’ for Mac users

Cyber threat infects machines via any of four million infected web pages

By ROB WAUGH

PUBLISHED: 05:11 EST, 5 April 2012
UPDATED: 04:22 EST, 6 April 2012

A new computer trojan has infected 550,000 machines running Apple’s Mac OS X – and many could still be vulnerable.

The infected machines are now part of a ‘botnet’ of zombie machines which can be controlled by cyber criminals and ‘told’ to download new malicious software.

The attack has been described as a ‘rude awakening’ for Mac users.


Describing the attack as a ‘rude awakening’ for Mac OS X users, blogger Adrian Sanabria said, ‘Despite what Apple’s marketing department would have you believe, Macs are not invulnerable to attacks and malware targeting OS X does exist.’

The new attack was spotted by Russian anti-virus vendor Dr Web.

‘We conducted research to determine the scale of spreading of Trojan BackDoor.Flashback that infects computers running Mac OS X,’ says the Russian antivirus vendor.

‘The botnet encompasses more than 550 000 infected machines, most of which are located in the United States and Canada.

‘This once again refutes claims by some experts that there are no cyber-threats to Mac OS X.’

Many Mac users believe that the system is ‘immune’ to viruses and trojans – but in reality hackers rarely choose to write viruses that afflict Macs, simply because there are relatively few Macs compared to the huge number of machines that run Windows.

Hackers want their attacks to spread rapidly, so they usually target the OS that offers the most potential ‘victims’.

Describing the attack as a ‘rude awakening’ for Mac OS X users, blogger Adrian Sanabria said, ‘Despite what Apple’s marketing department would have you believe, Macs are not invulnerable to attacks and malware targeting OS X does exist.’

The attack works using a vulnerability in Java, and is delivered via infected web pages.

Just visiting the web pages is enough to infect a machine, downloading a file which then downloads further malicious software from elsewhere.

Dr Web claims that more than four million web pages are infected with the trojan.

‘Over 550 000 infected machines running Mac OS X have been a part of the botnet on April 4,’ says Dr Web.

‘These only comprise a segment of the botnet set up by means of the particular BackDoor.Flashback modification. Most infected computers reside in the United States (56.6%, or 303,449 infected hosts), Canada comes second (19.8%, or 106,379 infected computers), the third place is taken by the United Kingdom (12.8% or 68,577 cases of infection) and Australia with 6.1% (32,527 infected hosts) is the fourth.’

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