Anonymous’ Supporters Cause taking Interpol Website Offline Following Arrests
Supporters of Anonymous a well-known hacker cabal tentatively compelled the shutdown of Interpol's key website following the detention of 25 supporters the global cops syndicate suspected, published Forbes in news dated February 28, 2012.
For almost 30-mins, the 'Interpol.int' online site remained inaccessible. Although it was revived after sometime, the loading time continued to be slow. Seemingly, the assault was carried out utilizing a botnet.
It's speculated that the attack was caused due to a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attempt, the Anonymous supporters made. Naturally, a botnet was utilized, alternatively a massive number of volunteers utilized certain web-tool for generating sufficient malicious traffic that so inundated the website that it had to be taken off the Net.
The timing of the attack too follows raids by police across several cities of Latin America and Europe through "Operation Unmask" that was launched during mid-February 2012.
According to Interpol, this operation was in reaction to cyber-assaults within Chile, Argentina, Spain and Columbia, which aimed at the Presidency and Defense Ministry of Columbia; the Endesa electricity supplier in Chile along with the country's National Library, and more.
Of the total 25 held 4 were Anonymous hackers, whom the cops detained at Spain against assertions they carried out assaults on the websites of Spanish political parties. As per the national cops of Spain, during Operation Unmask, two computer-servers one each from the Czech Republic and Bulgaria had been made dysfunctional as also that an Anonymous operations' manager for Latin America and Spain going by the pseudo names Pacotron and Thunder represented one of those arrested.
The arrests saw officers confiscate 25 PCs, different electronic gadgets and storage devices, along with hard drives that showed up as clues for the hacker activists.
Marcos Mercado, a specialist in PC-crime is the prosecutor in the case. According to him, the accusations against the suspects include modifying websites, one of them being the National Library website of Chile, and executing denial-of-service assaults against the electricity suppliers Hidroaysen's and Endesa's websites. Huff Post published this on February 28, 2012.
Apparently, a vengeance assault against Interpol's website was waged; however the site's top page seemed as running usual.
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