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FBI Issues Over 40 Warrants for Involvement in Cyber Attacks

 
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FBI Issues Over 40 Warrants for Involvement in Cyber Attacks
I work for an IT service provider in Charlotte, NC. I find it interesting that (for once) a news headline has directly affected me. Our entire website went down a few days ago and it's still out. Additionally, our network (phone and email) is out.

Here is the report:


The Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to elaborate Friday on the status of more than 40 search warrants the agency issued throughout the United States on Thursday, as part of an ongoing investigation into recent coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations.

An FBI spokesman refused to tell FoxNews.com whether arrests had been made or were expected, instead referring all questions back to a press release the agency issued late Thursday announcing the warrants.

The FBI also said that the United Kingdom's Metropolitan Police Service had executed search warrants that had resulted in five arrests. The suspects in custody are identified as young men from the central and souther England area, and range in age from 15 to 26.

Targeted suspects are members of a group called "Anonymous," which coordinated cyber attacks against companies like PayPal, Visa and MasterCard after the companies had dropped support for WikiLeaks. "The FBI is working closely with its international law enforcement partners and others to mitigate these threats," said the agency in a statement. England, France, Germany and the Netherlands are also participating in similar investigations in their own countries.

Dutch officers arrested two teenagers last month on suspicion of involvement with the cyber attacks, they are awaiting trails set for later this year. The members of Anonymous called the cyber attacks, "Operation Payback," and accused the companies who refused to support WikiLeaks of squandering Internet freedom.

The attacks known as, "distributed denial of service" or DDoS assaults, were designed to overwhelm the targeted servers causing the websites to go down. The attacks were facilitated by software tools the group makes available for free download on the Internet, the FBI said -- a tool the agency noted did not mask the identity of the attackers.

Such conduct is considered illegal, and if found guilty suspects could face up to 10 years in prison.

[link to www.foxnews.com]

Since this is a conspiracy theorist site, what doom do you have predicted for this?

Last Edited by googooflexy on 01/28/2011 05:01 PM
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Re: FBI Issues Over 40 Warrants for Involvement in Cyber Attacks
The FBI is on the hunt for the hackers responsible for a recent wave of cyberattacks launched in defense of WikiLeaks.



FBI agents yesterday executed more than 40 search warrants in the United States as part of their ongoing investigation. Pointing to the group Anonymous, which has taken responsibility for the attacks, the FBI said that the distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults were facilitated by software the group makes available as free downloads.

Late last year, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and other companies were hit by DDoS attacks triggered by activists in support of WikiLeaks after the companies cut off sources of funding to the whistle-blowing site.

The FBI apparently started its investigation after it was contacted by PayPal in December and was able to trace two of the IP addresses provided by PayPal to physical locations, one of which was in Texas where the agency seized a server.

Looking beyond the United States, the FBI said it's working with other law enforcement agencies abroad. Officials in the Netherlands, Germany, and France are each conducting their own probes into the cyberattacks, while police in the U.K. arrested five people yesterday on suspicion of involvement in the attacks launched by Anonymous.

Additionally, an organization called the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance is lending a hand in the investigations. With a focus on cybercrime, the group provides a bridge between the private sector and law enforcement agencies and has worked directly with the FBI in the past.

Those who facilitate or conduct a DDoS attack face up to 10 years in prison and civil fines over damages,


[link to news.cnet.com]

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