Wednesday, December 8, 2010

LOIC: DDOS for Dummies

As if life is not hard enough for Information Security Professionals, here comes another "tool" that makes Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks easier.  Feast your eyes on the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, LOIC for short.  This "tool" is an easy way to perform denial of service attacks using a GUI and all a script kiddie needs to do is to point it at a website and BAM! Instant DDOS!

Used alone, LOIC may not generate enough TCP, UDP and HTTP request to disrupt the services of a target website but put it in the "Hivemind" mode, your machine becomes a part of a DDOS army that is, as of this writing, attempting to perform a DDOS attack on VISA, Mastercard and other financial institutions that pulled out support for Wikileaks.

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