Monthly Archives: February 2014

British intelligence used DDoS tactics against Anonymous, Snowden documents show

Okay…., then, who are the good guys?

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The British spy agency GCHQ secretly waged war against the hacker collective Anonymous a few years ago, according to documents taken from the NSA by Edward Snowden and revealed late Tuesday by NBC. At the time, certain members of Anonymous were themselves waging war against British government institutions and various companies.

Judging by a presentation (PDF) put together by GCHQ itself for a 2012 conference, a previously undisclosed unit called the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Anonymous chat rooms and used messaging services such as Facebook(s fb) and Skype(s msft) to individually address and scare off the chatrooms’ users. JTRIG agents also infiltrated the chatrooms in order to gather evidence against certain hacktivists who were subsequently imprisoned.

Although it was a turbulent time for online attacks, many if not most of those affected by JTRIG’s “Rolling Thunder” program would have been guilty…

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Legendary hacker group CCC files complaint against German government over surveillance

Interesting – suddenly the mouse is hunting the cat……

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The Chaos Computer Club (CCC), one of the oldest hacker collectives in the world and still Europe’s largest, has filed a criminal complaint against the German government and heads of Germany’s intelligence agencies.

Alongside the New York-based International League for Human Rights (ILHR), the 32-year-old hacker group accuses the government and three intelligence agencies of “illegal and prohibited covert intelligence activities, of aiding and abetting of those activities, of violation of the right to privacy and obstruction of justice in office by bearing and cooperating with the electronic surveillance of German citizens by NSA and GCHQ.”

The CCC wants to call Edward Snowden as a witness. It wants him to be able to travel safely to Germany, without risk of extradition to the U.S., from Russia, where he has been stranded since the U.S. cancelled his passport while he was in transit to Ecuador.

According to a statement from CCC…

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