Various divisions of the hacktivist group Anonymous have been out in force over the last few days, taking down the website of the Chicago Police Department, as well as carrying out a series of attacks against websites for Indian government departments.
The motive behind the Chicago attack seemed to be empathy for street activists protesting against NATO‘s policies, with a YouTube video from “AntiS3curityOPS” posted on Saturday containing the following message:
“We are actively engaged in actions against the Chicago Police Department, and encourage anyone to take up the cause and use the AntiS3curityOPS Anonymous banner. For those able, chicagopolice.org should be fired upon as much as possible. We are in your harbor Chicago, and you will not forget us.”
As I write this, the website http://www.cityofchicago.org/police is still inaccessible.
Meanwhile an altogether different war was being waged in the subcontinent, as attacks on Indian government sites and an Indian anti-piracy firm were carried out in retaliation against blocks imposed on file sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay.
14 different government and political sites were attacked, with the Indian telecoms department, electronics and IT ministry, supreme court and sites used by the BJP and INC political parties among those hit hardest.
However while it may have been a broader attack in India, it doesn’t appear to have been as effective as the one carried out in Chicago. The DDoS strikes only had partial success, with most of the target sites soon recovering and only being offline intermittently.