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									FBI raids ISP in Anonymous DDoS investigation                                                           Page 1 of 2

         FBI raids ISP in Anonymous DDoS investigation
         Robert McMillan

         December 30, 2010 (IDG News Service)
         Authorities in the U.S. and Germany have raided Internet Service Providers in hopes of
         tracking down the hackers who launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks
         against Web sites such as Visa.com, PayPal.com, and Mastercard.com earlier this month.
         In documents posted Wednesday to the Smoking Gun Web site, the U.S. Federal Bureau of
         Investigation describes the complex path its investigation has taken as it has searched for
         the computers that served as a
         central meeting point for the attacks.
         After Germany's Federal Criminal
         Police raided service provider Host
         Europe, they linked one of he IRC
         servers to Dallas's Tailor Made
         Services, the documents state. Two
         hard drives were seized from
         Dallas's Tailor Made Services on
         Dec. 16, the Smoking Gun reports.
         Another IRC server has been traced
         to Fremont, California's Hurricane
         Neither Hurricane Electric nor Tailor
         Made Services could be reached
         immediately for comment Thursday.
         The early-December attacks were part of a grassroots campaign called "Operation Payback,"
         which tried to put pressure on companies that had severed relations with WikiLeaks after it
         began publishing classified U.S. Department of State cables. Operation Payback is the work
         of a group called Anonymous, which has launched similar attacks against the Church of
         Scientology and the Motion Picture Association of America in the past.
         The attacks were strong, but minimally disruptive. They knocked Web sites offline, but they
         didn't touch any of the target's back-end transaction processing systems. They also garnered
         a lot of publicity for Anonymous.
         Ringleaders urged volunteers to download software that flooded Web sites with useless
         Internet traffic, ultimately causing may of them to come grinding to a stop. Other victims
         included the Web sites of WikiLeaks critic Sarah Palin and the Swedish Prosecutor's Office,
         which is pursuing sex charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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FBI raids ISP in Anonymous DDoS investigation                                                          Page 2 of 2

         The FBI investigation centers on the IRC servers, used to coordinate the attacks. The FBI
         initiated the investigation on Dec. 9 after PayPal provided them with the Internet Protocol
         addresses of eight IRC servers used in by the group.
         On Dec. 9, Dutch police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the attacks.
         Robert McMillan covers computer security and general technology breaking news for The
         IDG News Service. Follow Robert on Twitter at @bobmcmillan. Robert's e-mail address is

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