Anonymous chooses some bizarre targets. It has gone after Black Lives Matter for being “racist,” and it has attacked the central banking websites of countries like Bosnia for being a part of the “New World Order.”
Now, it’s going after the internet’s most trusted archive of lost websites and hidden information.
On Thursday afternoon, hackers took down the Internet Archive, a nonprofit site best known for its Wayback Machine tool, which lets you view websites that are lost, down or deleted. The group took down the site in the name of #OpISIS, because ISIS was allegedly using the Internet Archive to store jihadi material where it couldn’t be taken down.
Site is down, we're working on a fix. Thanks for your patience, we will update here.
— Internet Archive (@internetarchive) June 15, 2016
A Twitter account called @AttackNodes — along with a splinter faction of Anonymous called BinarySec — took credit for the attack as part of Anonymous’ campaign against ISIS, which was reinvigorated by the Orlando shooting.
“Now you can not spread your shit fucking rats,” @AttackNodes said in a tweet that’s no longer available. “Oink.”
The internet didn’t take too kindly to the attack:
People purporting to be anonymous doing DDOS on @internetarchive over what they say is ISIS. Like blaming Mother Theresa for leprosy. Shame.
— Carl Malamud (@carlmalamud) June 15, 2016
DDOS'ing the Internet Archive is like shutting down a public library. what kind of monster are you https://t.co/SkZ6gBwq4o
— oh no! Karmic Mishap (@Karmic_Mishap) June 15, 2016
When you DDOS the Internet Archive, you make the Internet Forget
— Jason Scott (@textfiles) June 15, 2016
BinarySec’s attack was advertised as a part of Anonymous’ broader war on ISIS, but according toMotherboard, more mainstream Anonymous channels are distancing themselves from the assault on an online organization that stands for transparency and openness, things Anonymous traditionally values.
After six hours, the Internet Archive and its tools were back up and running, having successfully mitigated the Distributed Denial of Service attack.
Thanks for your patience, everyone, the site is back up.
— Internet Archive (@internetarchive) June 16, 2016
After the attack was over, BinarySec’s Twitter account bragged about the hack, tweeting with the hashtag #TheWarIsOn.
Source : mic