'Anonymous' DDoS software contained trojan

'Anonymous' DDoS software contained trojan
The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous was hit with a "taste of its own medicine," says security software company Symantec.

Anonymous recommends a DDoS software called Slowloris, says the firm, and the software appears to have contained a nasty trojan that was stealing financial information from anyone who installed it. contained an insidious Trojan that was stealing financial info from people using it.



The group began recommending the software after the take down of Megaupload in late January. Anonymous members DDoS'd UMG, the U.S. DOJ, the FBI, RIAA, MPAA and many others in retaliation of the raid.

Because the software is so easy to use, Symantec believes thousands of people opened themselves up to the trojan: "Not only will supporters be breaking the law by participating in DoS attacks on Anonymous hacktivism targets, but may also be at risk of having their online banking and email credentials stolen. The joining of malicious financial and identity fraud malware, Anonymous hacktivism objectives, and Anonymous supporter deception is a dangerous development for the online world."

More info here: Symantec Blog

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 4 Mar 2012 14:47
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  • 11 comments
  • Mysttic

    I hope Symantec knows that surely, this means war.

    4.3.2012 15:34 #1

  • scorpNZ

    Makes one wonder whether the espionage going on here is due to anonymous being infiltrated by the feds or some other Govt secret organization,which just so happened to have info about leaked by wiki leaks this past week,either way it's got the hallmarks of a Hollywood block buster,you just can't write stuff like this,i look forward to tomorrows episode of the continuing saga

    4.3.2012 16:39 #2

  • megadunderhead

    except one huge issue

    why do you think they recommend it duh they built it to steal accounts

    4.3.2012 17:16 #3

  • SmaryJerry (unverified)

    a hacking tool contained a Trojan? What's next your going to tell me the sky is blue? Seriously though, it's probably the actually anonymous heads, aka the people who run the twitter account, that are stealing info from their "recruits."

    4.3.2012 17:18 #4

  • xnonsuchx

    Which is it, "contained a nasty trojan that was stealing financial information from anyone who installed it." or "contained an insidious Trojan that was stealing financial info from people using it."??? :-)

    4.3.2012 20:56 #5

  • xtago

    Maybe that is what Anonymous gets for stealing other people malware.

    Then trying to alter it to be a DDoS tool.

    5.3.2012 07:47 #6

  • ThePastor

    I'm thinking that maybe the version that the FBI installed had this trojan...

    "But the bigger point here is that UMG has effectively admitted this takedown was never about copyright. They demanded YouTube censor Megaupload and justify that by saying they have a contract which allows it so its fine. Its painfully clear what they would do with a law like SOPA that gives them much more power"

    5.3.2012 18:52 #7

  • Blessedon

    I would guess that enough time has now passed that Department of Defense cybersecurity now knows the names and locations of Anonymous and any friends.
    It is likely that Israel is involved in the reprisals upon Anonymous.

    I've said it before in these forums; criminal hacker groups like these should be hunted down and prosecuted. They are dong nothing for The People. Their actions are all self-aggrandizement.

    6.3.2012 16:18 #8

  • ThePastor

    Bit of a hater, aren't you?
    First you said that people should steal the unwholesome crap put out by Hollywood because they deserve it...
    Now you are hating on Anon?



    "But the bigger point here is that UMG has effectively admitted this takedown was never about copyright. They demanded YouTube censor Megaupload and justify that by saying they have a contract which allows it so its fine. Its painfully clear what they would do with a law like SOPA that gives them much more power"

    6.3.2012 16:30 #9

  • Blessedon

    Originally posted by ThePastor: Bit of a hater, aren't you?
    First you said that people should steal the unwholesome crap put out by Hollywood because they deserve it...
    Now you are hating on Anon?
    Hmmm, I am a "hater" because I feel the people should not be terrorized by Anon, big gov, big corp.
    If that makes me a hater, I wear it proudly.

    6.3.2012 16:43 #10

  • ThePastor

    The only ones terrorized by Anon is Big Government and Big Corps.

    "But the bigger point here is that UMG has effectively admitted this takedown was never about copyright. They demanded YouTube censor Megaupload and justify that by saying they have a contract which allows it so its fine. Its painfully clear what they would do with a law like SOPA that gives them much more power"

    6.3.2012 18:25 #11

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