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2012-01-22 08:25:40 PM  
As described by Gizmodo, "The CBS takedown wasn't your regular DDoS attack because if you went to CBS.com at the time Anon attacked it, there was nothing except an index page with a single file. That's it. Basically, Anonymous gained access to CBS.com and deleted EVERYTHING."



wow. that had to be somewhat expensive to fix. hope they didn't have anything sensitive in any of those files.
 
2012-01-22 08:29:01 PM  
I find the hijinks of Anonymous to be highly entertaining.

I doubt they'll make any real impact, but they are fun to watch.
 
2012-01-22 08:31:13 PM  
IMO, the missed an opportunity.

Sounds like they owned one or more CBS servers, if they were a little more patient, they could have subtly changed things here and there and avoided detection for a while... Then wait for a Really Big Story ® (like the Presidential Election) and post a bogus one.. Gingrich Wins in a Landslide!11! Many more lulz that way.
 
2012-01-22 08:34:44 PM  
27.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-01-22 08:43:24 PM  
Wow. That's a new one. Restorable from backups, but usually people don't get kicked completely off the Internet.
 
2012-01-22 08:57:18 PM  

GAT_00: Wow. That's a new one. Restorable from backups, but usually people don't get kicked completely off the Internet.


they'd probably have to restore from offsite backups, or fail over to an offsite mirror. I don't know anything about how they run their website disaster recovery plan. it's fixable (obviously) but its a pain in the ass to recover from. And they have to verify the integrity of their user data too, which is always tricky.

this is the sort of thing that gives sysadmins headaches for weeks afterwards.
 
2012-01-22 09:05:42 PM  

Weaver95: GAT_00: Wow. That's a new one. Restorable from backups, but usually people don't get kicked completely off the Internet.

they'd probably have to restore from offsite backups, or fail over to an offsite mirror. I don't know anything about how they run their website disaster recovery plan. it's fixable (obviously) but its a pain in the ass to recover from. And they have to verify the integrity of their user data too, which is always tricky.

this is the sort of thing that gives sysadmins headaches for weeks afterwards.


For an operation their size I bet they have a lot of LTO5 or T10000s running and I would hope take hourly snap shots. I doubt they suffered any major data loss.
 
2012-01-22 09:26:41 PM  

zedster: For an operation their size I bet they have a lot of LTO5 or T10000s running and I would hope take hourly snap shots. I doubt they suffered any major data loss.


Oh I agree - they probably didn't lose any data...but if I were in their IT department I'd be freaking paranoid after an intrusion like this one.
 
2012-01-22 09:44:13 PM  

Weaver95: zedster: For an operation their size I bet they have a lot of LTO5 or T10000s running and I would hope take hourly snap shots. I doubt they suffered any major data loss.

Oh I agree - they probably didn't lose any data...but if I were in their IT department I'd be freaking paranoid

unemployed after an intrusion like this one.
 
2012-01-22 09:57:13 PM  

cmunic8r99: Weaver95: zedster: For an operation their size I bet they have a lot of LTO5 or T10000s running and I would hope take hourly snap shots. I doubt they suffered any major data loss.

Oh I agree - they probably didn't lose any data...but if I were in their IT department I'd be freaking paranoid unemployed after an intrusion like this one.


well...yeah. someone is probably gonna lose their job after this. But its not always easy to assign blame.

i honestly don't know how CBS runs their IT department. it'd be funny if it was sub-contracted to an outsourced firm.
 
2012-01-22 10:02:14 PM  
were they able to delete the remaining episodes of !rob!?
 
2012-01-22 10:04:20 PM  
Team Coco??
 
2012-01-22 10:10:48 PM  
So user = root, password = root was a bad idea?
 
2012-01-22 10:18:03 PM  

simplicimus: So user = root, password = root was a bad idea?


That's why I always leave my password written on a post-it note under my mouse pad.

It's called security, people.
 
2012-01-22 10:29:46 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: simplicimus: So user = root, password = root was a bad idea?

That's why I always leave my password written on a post-it note under my mouse pad.

It's called security, people.


Good idea. I'll take the post-it's off my monitor and put them there.
 
2012-01-22 10:52:44 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: simplicimus: So user = root, password = root was a bad idea?

That's why I always leave my password written on a post-it note under my mouse pad.

It's called security, people.


I had a neighbour a few decades ago who kept putting his front door key in a fake rock in a pot plant on his porch, next to his door. Needless to say, he was robbed. Then amazingly, he kept doing it and got robbed again. Wasn't till then that he realised how monumentally stupid it was.

Some people...
 
2012-01-22 10:56:47 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-01-22 10:57:28 PM  
fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net

/anonymous can't be stopped
 
2012-01-22 10:57:49 PM  
Wouldn't it be more likely that Anonymous contaminated an upstream DNS node and pointed it at some other IP address than they actually deleted all the files on the server (and yet left the server in running condition)?
 
2012-01-22 10:57:53 PM  

snuff3r: God Is My Co-Pirate: simplicimus: So user = root, password = root was a bad idea?

That's why I always leave my password written on a post-it note under my mouse pad.

It's called security, people.

I had a neighbour a few decades ago who kept putting his front door key in a fake rock in a pot plant on his porch, next to his door. Needless to say, he was robbed. Then amazingly, he kept doing it and got robbed again. Wasn't till then that he realised how monumentally stupid it was.

Some people...


You put a key to your SHED in a fake rock, nowhere near your front door, and put the key to your house well hidden in the shed (preferably in something locked by a combination lock).

That gives you the security of recovering from a lost key, without the risk of thieves gaining easy entrance.
 
2012-01-22 10:58:29 PM  

snuff3r: God Is My Co-Pirate: simplicimus: So user = root, password = root was a bad idea?

That's why I always leave my password written on a post-it note under my mouse pad.

It's called security, people.

I had a neighbour a few decades ago who kept putting his front door key in a fake rock in a pot plant on his porch, next to his door. Needless to say, he was robbed. Then amazingly, he kept doing it and got robbed again. Wasn't till then that he realised how monumentally stupid it was.

Some people...


'Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again' - George W. Bush.
 
2012-01-22 10:59:28 PM  

Weaver95: GAT_00: Wow. That's a new one. Restorable from backups, but usually people don't get kicked completely off the Internet.

they'd probably have to restore from offsite backups, or fail over to an offsite mirror. I don't know anything about how they run their website disaster recovery plan. it's fixable (obviously) but its a pain in the ass to recover from. And they have to verify the integrity of their user data too, which is always tricky.

this is the sort of thing that gives sysadmins headaches for weeks afterwards.


Couldn't they just hit control alt delete and reboot? If that doesn't work, just unplug it, wait a couple minutes and then plug it back in. That's what I always do and it works 95 percent of the time.
 
2012-01-22 10:59:52 PM  

LesserEvil: You put a key to your SHED in a fake rock, nowhere near your front door, and put the key to your house well hidden in the shed (preferably in something locked by a combination lock).

That gives you the security of recovering from a lost key, without the risk of thieves gaining easy entrance.


Step 1. Find rock
Step 2. Break window with rock
Step 3. ???
Step 4. Profit!
 
2012-01-22 11:00:37 PM  
CBS you say. No great loss I say.
 
2012-01-22 11:01:18 PM  

Gramma: I doubt they'll make any real impact, but they are fun to watch.


they've published personal information on all the elected reps, it's only a matter of time before someone steps up and...uses it.

/for the greater good
 
2012-01-22 11:02:25 PM  
Anon wasted an opportunity to make all of CBS's vans explode. But I guess that only works on vans painted yellow.

i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-01-22 11:02:59 PM  
interesting opinion i heard on npr -- SOPA coverage on network tv was almost non-existent because the corporate owners of said networks were all major supporters of SOPA, and wanted to minimize the importance and extent of the protests

so i guess thats why cbs was taken down?

/ or maybe it was for the lulz
// who the fark watches network news anymore
 
2012-01-22 11:03:37 PM  
Here's the thing though, when Anon does something like this the general public reaction is always one of "OMG THEY'RE FIRING THEIR LASER" whereas people who actually work with computers look at it as "Oh they took down the poster". If they had actually managed to, I don't know hack the actual server that contained data that was pertinent to their business model instead of just tearing down a web site it might be a more credible threat in the IT community. Say like when Sony had that major compromise of their player database and lost consumer information that could affect people in a real way. Otherwise this is more of an inconvenience then an actual threat.
 
2012-01-22 11:06:18 PM  

cmunic8r99: Weaver95: zedster: For an operation their size I bet they have a lot of LTO5 or T10000s running and I would hope take hourly snap shots. I doubt they suffered any major data loss.

Oh I agree - they probably didn't lose any data...but if I were in their IT department I'd be freaking paranoid unemployed after an intrusion like this one.


This
 
2012-01-22 11:06:40 PM  

sparkeyjames: CBS you say. No great loss I say.


www.consumercreditcardguide.com

Would like a word with you....
 
2012-01-22 11:07:21 PM  

Gramma: I find the hijinks of Anonymous to be highly entertaining.

I doubt they'll make any real impact, but they are fun to watch.


I don't see what's so entertaining about abusing technology; it's not hard to toss a monkey wrench in the works if you have nothing better to do. I work for a major phone company and can record audio on calls, but I have absolutely no inclination to do so unless the trouble report requires it. I have a feeling if Anonymous types had that capability they'd do it just to get their jollies.
 
2012-01-22 11:08:13 PM  
Have fun in jail, hackers.
 
2012-01-22 11:08:27 PM  

Damned In The Sand: Otherwise this is more of an inconvenience then an actual threat.


And really, that's what any given protest is. You may want to look into the difference between that and what a threat actually is.
 
2012-01-22 11:08:34 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: IMO, the missed an opportunity.

Sounds like they owned one or more CBS servers, if they were a little more patient, they could have subtly changed things here and there and avoided detection for a while... Then wait for a Really Big Story ® (like the Presidential Election) and post a bogus one.. Gingrich Wins in a Landslide!11! Many more lulz that way.



Perhaps if they gained access to the actual computerized voting machines on election night. I get the feeling those things are about as secure as a 12 year-old hillbilly riding in the back of a pick-up truck.
 
2012-01-22 11:08:47 PM  
Anonymous is just a tool of the government. It's rather convenient that Anonymous starts shiat after SOPA gets rejected.

Anonymous' role is to give the government something to point to so that they can tighten their grip and get what they want the next round of the SOPA bill on the table

Anyone with even a fraction of a brain can see that Anonymous is nothing more than black ops at it's finest
 
2012-01-22 11:09:29 PM  

adeist69: sparkeyjames: CBS you say. No great loss I say.



Would like a word with you....


What a dumb show...
 
2012-01-22 11:09:38 PM  

LesserEvil: snuff3r: God Is My Co-Pirate: simplicimus: So user = root, password = root was a bad idea?

That's why I always leave my password written on a post-it note under my mouse pad.

It's called security, people.

I had a neighbour a few decades ago who kept putting his front door key in a fake rock in a pot plant on his porch, next to his door. Needless to say, he was robbed. Then amazingly, he kept doing it and got robbed again. Wasn't till then that he realised how monumentally stupid it was.

Some people...

You put a key to your SHED in a fake rock, nowhere near your front door, and put the key to your house well hidden in the shed (preferably in something locked by a combination lock).

That gives you the security of recovering from a lost key, without the risk of thieves gaining easy entrance.


Actually, you take a dump in the front yard. Hide the key in the poo (it's easy to place in there while it's fresh and squishy). Everyone will think it's dog poop and not go near it. When you are locked out you can dig the key out of the fake dog poo, which is actually real human poo, and gain access to your house. Then you can go inside and wash your hands.

Then just take another dump in the yard and put the key back. You can even play it up in front of your neighbors "oh darn! some dog pooped in my yard again!"
 
2012-01-22 11:10:10 PM  

Mark Ratner: Couldn't they just hit control alt delete and reboot? If that doesn't work, just unplug it, wait a couple minutes and then plug it back in. That's what I always do and it works 95 percent of the time.


umm...no.
 
2012-01-22 11:10:21 PM  

JosephFinn: Have fun in jail, hackers.


Yup random crimes do not make me want to support your cause.

//Behind 7 proxies mofo
 
2012-01-22 11:10:46 PM  

veryequiped: Anonymous is just a tool of the government. It's rather convenient that Anonymous starts shiat after SOPA gets rejected.

Anonymous' role is to give the government something to point to so that they can tighten their grip and get what they want the next round of the SOPA bill on the table

Anyone with even a fraction of a brain can see that Anonymous is nothing more than black ops at it's finest


They've been doing this stuff for many years. Go back to your basement, Dale.
 
2012-01-22 11:10:55 PM  

veryequiped: Anonymous is just a tool of the government. It's rather convenient that Anonymous starts shiat after SOPA gets rejected.

Anonymous' role is to give the government something to point to so that they can tighten their grip and get what they want the next round of the SOPA bill on the table

Anyone with even a fraction of a brain can see that Anonymous is nothing more than black ops at it's finest


berkeley.intel-research.net
 
2012-01-22 11:10:59 PM  
This kinda shiat is exactly why people will push for stronger internet regulations. Anon does more harm than good, and is probably the worst thing to ever come from the internet.
 
2012-01-22 11:11:38 PM  

adeist69: sparkeyjames: CBS you say. No great loss I say.

[www.consumercreditcardguide.com image 256x264]

Would like a word with you....


Your CSI 2.0 sucks.
 
2012-01-22 11:12:22 PM  
Why is this spiffy? Crime is cool?
 
2012-01-22 11:12:29 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: This kinda shiat is exactly why people will push for stronger internet regulations. Anon does more harm than good, and is probably the worst thing to ever come from the internet.


well...unless we find out that CBS got sloppy with their site security. then i'm less inclined to believe that Anonymous is comprised of super hackers and just got lucky.
 
2012-01-22 11:12:50 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: This kinda shiat is exactly why people will push for stronger internet regulations. Anon does more harm than good, and is probably the worst thing to ever come from the internet.


Kinda like shooting politicians and CEOs. While the short-term results are nice, in the long run that will lead to more repression unless the people take it all the way, no half-assing like DDOS attacks.
 
2012-01-22 11:13:12 PM  

urban.derelict: Gramma: I doubt they'll make any real impact, but they are fun to watch.

they've published personal information on all the elected reps, it's only a matter of time before someone steps up and...uses it.

/for the greater good


Congress needs that happening like they need a hole in the head
 
2012-01-22 11:13:23 PM  
it's only time before those with Anon minds will be in position to ruin tradition.

what became of the fellows picked up some months ago? that story vanished from view and i wonder.

whether their contribution be a little or a lot, i admire the skills of the able
 
2012-01-22 11:13:38 PM  
Do we know why they were singled out over the other two big networks? I know tv sucks but come on.
 
2012-01-22 11:13:40 PM  

Really I'm Black: so i guess thats why cbs was taken down?


When CBS finally tossed an article up about SOPA and the blackout, they had a really stupid "CBS supports SOPA" sentence thrown into the middle of the thing. I remember thinking, "why the fark would you admit that at this point?" about it. Oops.
 
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