Anonymous Takes Out the Kremlin to Show Us It's Just Not That Happy With Putin

By Sam Gibbs on at

Another day, another lashing out by our friendly neighbourhood hacking collective. This time it seems Anonymous isn't too fond of a one Vladimir Putin. Having seen him just get his shoes back under the Presidential desk, the hackers took out the Kremlin's site, which, as Xkcd points out, is almost akin to tearing down a poster or two in the digital age of protesting -- not quite the hack attacks Anonymous et al. were waging just a few months ago that's for sure.

Anonymous even gave the Kremlin a heads-up on OpDefiance, saying that it'd be supporting the Russian anti-Putin protests by "taking down the government information resources" -- that's a website or two to you and me.

The irony is that Russia might not be all that innocent when DDoS attacks are concerned, at least accusations were levied last year that the Kremlin was taking sites offline to hamper electoral debate.

It seems that the modern thing to do during a protest is to launch a bot net-powered DDoS attack against your "oppressors." When you think about it, DDoSing is a relatively peaceful form of protest, apart from all the servers that get murdered in the process, of course. [RT via The Register]