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War protestors go on hacking rampage

As the first impacts of the Ganda worm, which plays on curiosity for news about the Iraq invasion, begin to be felt, online observers have also noted a surge of anti-war hacking. In the 48 hours before the invasion of Iraq just over 200 websites were attacked and defaced, but in the following 24 hours around 1,000 were targeted, predominately by anti-war protestors. Sites successfully breached include those belonging to the US Navy and US National Centre for Agricultural Utilization Research. “This is not hacking for hacking’s sake but hacking with a political motive,” said Jason Holloway, UK general manager at F-Secure, which has been monitoring such attacks. “There’s a range of hackers and activists doing this. There’s a few anti-Iraq or anti-US attacks but the overwhelming majority are simply anti-war; that seems to be the strongest message.” Most of the activity has relied on basic automated hacking tools relying on scripts, which elite hackers usually refer to as “script kiddies”. The FBI has already issued a warning to US citizens that anyone, even pro-US or “patriot” hackers, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Full Story

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