Apr 17 2008
UPDATE: It looks like the organizers might be trying to put a stop to the attack due to the number of people who are aware of it. Translating some of it now.
UPDATE to UPDATE While the group may be trying to call off the attack, it might be too late. CNN is now reporting that they have been targeted in an attempt to disrupt their web site.
FINAL UPDATE FOR THIS POST: See the newest release by the group planning attack on CNN here
First, I have added a clock with the Beijing local time because it crossed my mind that some people might be thinking the scheduled attack on CNN is going to take place on US date, time. Nope, Beijing local. So that means it is suppose to take place tomorrow. I will leave the clock up if you want to check back.
Second, many more Chinese sites, not just hacker, starting to call for the DDOS attack on CNN. Also they are starting to solidify their plans. Here are the details from one posting on the Guilin University of Electronic Technology bulletin board:
- Attack will start on 19 April 2008, at 8:00 pm
- DDOS attack on www.cnn.com
- The DDOS attack is going to last over three hours
- They need a large number of compromised computers to carry out the attack and are requesting everyone’s support in putting to together the number needed
The plan has many more details but unfortunately the language is too technical for me to translate.
Here are additional sites calling for the attack on CNN.
Probably many more out there.
UPDATE: Carl Jongsma, from Computer World, was kind enough to provide us a little press on this breaking situation.
UPDATE: Tried once again to contact CNN and warn them of the scheduled attack. If anyone has a better contact than just their news tip e-mail, please inform them.
UPDATE (APRIL 18 1556GMT; Jumper): Arbor Networks is using their tools to monitor the situation. Take a look at Jose Nazario’s post here.
UPDATE: Since we have some smart people looking at the blog, I wanted to post below part of the Chinese hackers’ attack plan. This seems to be part of the DDoS call for large numbers of attacking computers. Will supply what I can about the Chinese, though it is possibly wrong. If someone knows what this is referring to please post in the comments and we will move it to the blog:
总群：29332975 (This refers to the total number)
复仇的火焰分群1：10093595 (Revenge of the flame group 1)
复仇的火焰分群2：60087657 (Revenge of the flame group 2)
复仇的火焰分群3：17697381 (Revenge of the flame group 3)
复仇的火焰分群4：52911651 (Revenge of the flame group 4)
复仇的火焰分群5：13283694 (Revenge of the flame group 5)
复仇的火焰分群6：52274747 (Revenge of the flame group 6)
复仇的火焰分群7：13735729 (Revenge of the flame group 7)
复仇的火焰分群8：28556275 (Revenge of the flame group 8 )
复仇的火焰分群9：8333214 (Revenge of the flame group 9)
复仇的火焰分群10：24207831 (Revenge of the flame group 10)
复仇的火焰分群11：18574877 (Revenge of the flame group 11)
UPDATE to UPDATE Jumper figured out that these were probably the QQ numbers for the group leaders of the attack. When I went back and looked at some of the sites calling for the DDoS attack, one did list it as QQ群 or QQ groups.
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