Anonymous Cons Web Users Into Joining DDoS Attacks With Camouflaged Links
Anonymous is tricking unwitting Internet bystanders into participating in its Megaupload-inspired DDoS attacks by flooding the Web with innocuous-looking links.
Anonymous has a new tool in its arsenal that transforms casual Web surfers into unwitting participants in a distributed denial of service attack, according to security experts.
Most of the links were obscured using URL shortening services such as bit.ly. Several Anonymous Twitter accounts have thousands of followers, and some gained “hundreds of thousands of new fans overnight” during the course of the campaign, according to Cluley.
The new method appears to have helped knock Universal Music and other sites offline during last week’s Megaupload-revenge attacks.
This is yet another reminder to be careful about clicking on links online. URL shorteners make it really hard to tell where the link originated from or its intended purpose. Even if a friend posted the link on the social network, if the original source is Anonymous, it may not be that safe.
“Don’t forget, denial-of-service attacks are illegal. If you participate in such an attack you could find yourself receiving a lengthy jail sentences,” Cluley warned.