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[liberationtech] Avaaz, is this for real?

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at gmail.com
Fri May 4 14:55:16 PDT 2012


I'm going with naive.  That would certainly make sense given the other
naive mistakes they've made, not least in Syria.

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM, Jim Youll <jyoull at alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> ... or they're just scared, or naive...
>
> these attacks - and that is the right word, even the only intent is "fun"
> - are confusing and upsetting and hard to understand until you burn the log
> files down to reveal what really went on. ..
>
> apart from receipt of specific correspondence from the instigator, which
> is rare but not unprecedented IMO,  there's no way to tell a directed
> attack from script kid's afternoon of fun...
>
> On May 4, 2012, at 12:15 PM, Steve Weis wrote:
>
> "...globally-distributed botnet of thousands of computers..."
>
> Someone could rent thousands of botnet agents for two days for a couple
> hundred dollars:
>
> http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/study-finds-the-average-price-for-renting-a-botnet/6528
>
> "Avaaz does not have any further information about who is behind it..."
>
> They were claiming that this was an attack so sophisticated and massive
> that it could have only been perpetrated by a nation state or large
> corporation, yet they have no further information about who was behind it?
> I think they hyped it up to drive fundraising.
>
> On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM, Andrew Couts <andrew_couts at yahoo.com>wrote:
>
>> *Avaaz statement on the attack on the site*
>> An attack on Avaaz’s website from a globally-distributed botnet of
>> thousands of computers ended yesterday (Thursday 3rd May). Avaaz does not
>> have any further information about who is behind it but the FBI have been
>> notified about this incident.
>>
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