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Anonymous members convicted for DDoS against PayPal, others

By Rick
Dec 7, 2012
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  1. A jury has convicted 22-year old Anonymous hacktivist Christopher Weatherhead for playing a lead role in organizing a series of distributed denial of service attacks against PayPal (and others) in 2010. Weatherhead's cohorts, Peter Gibson, Jake Bichall and Ashley Rhodes,...

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  2. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Guru Posts: 433   +75

    A lot deserves to be said about hactivism and whatnot but at the same time I think the message here is really important.

    Running a game server myself it gets downright stupid how every single disgruntled/jealous/immature lil kid can just ddos you with no consequence.
    JCitron and H3llion like this.
  3. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    You may be overextended the message a bit. If your game server is DDoS'd and causes you to incur multi-million dollar losses, you can apply the outcome of this case. This will do nothing to discourage script-kiddies from messing with you.
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +147

    Its perfectly ok for paypal to deal with donations for racist, anti semitic, private torrent trackers, terrorist groups, and religious cults but they refuse to deal with a site that publishes the truth. however obtained because it shows the government for the sneaky low down, backstabbing, cut throat asshats they really are.

    For shame...
    Darth Shiv, Burty117 and Wendig0 like this.
  5. It's no worse than protesting in front of a building until the cops come force you to move.
    At the most you spend a night in the drunk tank, why this is treated differently.....it's beyond me.
    And when a computer law is 35 years old...it's time for a freaking revision.
    TJGeezer likes this.
  6. shamus087

    shamus087 TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Exactly why I support the hackers. **** paypal F anyone against Anonymous as far as I'm concerned.
    JCitron likes this.
  7. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 968   +99

    I wish for a day, when DDoSing will literately be impossible to do, at least not by everyday Joe.
  8. spencer

    spencer TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +22

    Anonymous is misunderstood, they stand up for whats good in the world. Your only a member of it if you want to help your fellow man, but if it's for negative impact one is not a member of anonymous.
  9. psycros

    psycros TS Booster Posts: 710   +217

    LOL, oh man, the "rogue element" defense? Seriously? LOL!!
    Pan Wah likes this.
  10. So the Anonymous method to stop censorship is to DDOS a site that in effect the DDOS action cencors the site. You are no better than what you claim to protest. Paypal has the right to decide what or what not to process. If you don't like that, then stop using Paypay, blog about what you don't like about Paypal, write to your represenatatives, portest in a peaceful way, participate in Democracy. Their is no need to attack the site. In the long run this does nothing to help your cause. Bring forth new ideas to help humankind, communicate those ideas in a positive way and then let people decide for themself if they want to follow those ideas or not. Of course this is just one person's opinion...
  11. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Yes Anon in its ideals stands for a free web, but thier actions have ALWAYS been counter to thier own ideals. Im sure they will argue that the ends justify the means. But then again so does every other despot and meglomanic who has ever had a modicome of power. Sitting in mommys basement and scrpting DDoS attacks isnt changing the web for the better. Everytime ANON takes down a website or does DDoS attacks, they become just as bad as the ppl they claim to be against. They become the censors. Sounds less like web freedom fighters and more like a 13yr old throwing a temper tantrum.
    MilwaukeeMike, JCitron and Pan Wah like this.
     
  12. Not so Anonymous after all.

    LoL !!
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,980   +1,487

    I will say this again, anyone that does not operate under a specific name is considered anonymous. You can not have an anonymous group without this group including everyone without a name.
  14. avoidz

    avoidz TS Maniac Posts: 454   +54

    Be nice if those bankers and execs who cost the world billions and probably trillions and almost crashed the whole economy a few years ago got the same attention and similar sentence.
    TJGeezer likes this.
  15. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,066   +704

    Another fun piece of irony regarding Anon... the FBI deals with them the same way they deal with the mafia. Find an influencial member, confront him with his crimes, and tell him that he'll spend a long time in jail if he doesn't rat out his buddies. His name is Hector Xavier Monsegur.
  16. Considering it'll happen more and more often, we should probably give him a government job.
  17. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I would have more sympathy for ANON except they really havent done ANYTHING all that world changing. ANON needs to spend some of its energy doing acts that will improve the world. How about useing those "Leet" skills and crack open Syria and expose its dirty secrets. Maybe get some proof that North Korea is working on nukes. Maybe crash out the Mexican Cartels computers and send all thier ill gotten cash to an Orphange. Something, anything that would change the world for the better instead of the specilized "censoring" that they currently do. Im sorry if it seems harsh, but if a group labels itself "for the betterment of mankind" you expect to see something from them that hold closer to thier ideals.
  18. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,159   +174

    Indeed
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,673   +879

    I think all you have to do is ask North Korea if they're working on nukes. I'm pretty sure they'll tell you. It goes along with the whole "million man army" and all too frequent, but fortunately self destructing , ICBM tests.
  20. I'll tell you this, their booty holes will no longer be anonymous after they spend time in the clink lol


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