Anonymous: Tricked Members Infected by Trojan DDOS Utility
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right?
Victims of the various cyber-attacks by members of the hacktivist group Anonymous are undoubtedly enjoying a bit of schadenfreude this weekend, as a new report from Symantec indicates that some Anonymous members have been tricked into downloading and running a fairly unpleasant Trojan alongside one of their distributed denial-of-service tools.
“In these DDoS attacks, supporters using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon denial-of-service (DoS) tool would voluntarily include their computer in a botnet for attacks in support of Anonymous,” Symantec writes.
“In the wake Anonymous member arrests this week, it is worth highlighting how Anonymous supporters have been deceived into installing Zeus botnet clients purportedly for the purpose of DoS attacks. The Zeus client does perform DoS attacks, but it doesn’t stop there. It also steals the users’ online banking credentials, webmail credentials, and cookies.”
The Trojan problem’s a fairly recent occurrence, as it allegedly popped up the day after Anonymous members launched online counter-offensives in retaliation for the loss of the site Megaupload (and the international arrest of its key management). An anonymous user changed a download link on January 20 within one of the Pastebin-based “How to use Slowloris” tutorials, one of Anonymous’ DOS utilities, and pointed it to a Zeus botnet client instead.
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