Gaza web-war: Jihadist hackers leave toxic e-graffiti; Israeli botnet recruiting volunteers

Paul Raven @ 07-01-2009

row of computersThe current conflict in Palestine is highlighting the potential of the web to become a battlefront in wars both large and small. Internet Evolution reports that Jihadist hacker groups have been cracking and defacing websites all over the world, and that a website called “Help Israel Win” is offering a software download that adds your machine into a pro-Israel botnet, presumably to be deployed against Hamas-related targets in DDoS attacks. [image by Kevin Zollman]

Leaving the politics and ideology of the conflict in question entirely aside for the moment (there are plenty of other sites and threads where you can go and have that argument if you really want to*), it’s fascinating to see someone deploying a voluntary botnet… and it’s a sign of things to come, as it won’t take long for small globally-distributed pressure groups of all kinds to realise that the power of a linked network of computers can give them leverage against their targets. Remember the anti-vivisection hackers who sent a virus to MIT?

But it’s also sad to see that the internet – touted back in the glory days of the late nineties as the global village that would bring us all closer together – has become just another place for us to fight one another. Who’d have thought the lord of the flies would upload himself behind us? [story via SlashDot and Spiraltwist of the Whitechapel Massive]

[ * Seriously, I’m going to delete comments that are partisan to either side of the Gaza conflict, so don’t bother. Regardless of history, religion or politics, innocent people are dying in the dirt. Neither side can justify that. ]

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2 Responses to “Gaza web-war: Jihadist hackers leave toxic e-graffiti; Israeli botnet recruiting volunteers”

  1. Peter Tupper says:

    I’m curious what happens if you join one of these voluntary botnets and install the software, and then you change your mind and say you want out. Is there an uninstall feature, and does it actually work? Or will you be stuck with a hard drive full of malware? Once you join the conflict, can you leave it?

  2. pie bob says:

    how different is a “voluntary botnet” from distributed projects like SETI and folding@home? not that this isn’t different (and awesome) in other ways.