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PNC Bank Hit By Crowdsourced Hacktivist Attacks
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Andrew Hornback,
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10/1/2012 | 1:08:42 AM
re: PNC Bank Hit By Crowdsourced Hacktivist Attacks
This looks to be more a case of "Oh look, now we have a reason to rally behind in order to cover our real cause" as opposed to simply getting a bunch of folks together to attack a website.

I have to wonder though - at what point does this kind of "protest" (as they call it) cross the line from being a Freedom of Speech thing into cyber attack territory?

Also, what this group is really showing that they're doing is that they can waste resources - it takes power to both generate this "attack" and transmit it to their targets. Not that I'm an expert in Islam, but isn't there something involved in that faith that says that humanity has to take care of the Earth that they've been given? Is wasting resources in the name of your religious beliefs really the best way to do that?

From a tech standpoint - the idea behind this is somewhat laughable. Let's enlist everyone within ear shot to join a group in order to attack a target. Given that you're using a digital means in order to do that, not only is it deflectable with the appropriate countermeasures, but it also will help those whom you are attacking to determine just who you are and remove your anonymity - anything in the digital domain can be traced with enough effort.

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