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(The New York Times)   In August, Anonymous attempted to hack the Vatican website. Here's what the Vatican learned about Anonymous   (nytimes.com) divider line 79
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2012-02-27 11:52:46 AM  
"Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

Best quote ever. Glad to see the media wising up instead of acting like a DDoS attack is some sophisticated hack.
 
2012-02-27 11:58:22 AM  

serial_crusher: "Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

Best quote ever. Glad to see the media wising up instead of acting like a DDoS attack is some sophisticated hack.


Awwwww... it's so much more fun when the media fear the script-kiddies.
 
2012-02-27 12:11:32 PM  
That traded porn for services smells like Cheetos dust?
 
2012-02-27 12:13:42 PM  

serial_crusher: "Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

Best quote ever. Glad to see the media wising up instead of acting like a DDoS attack is some sophisticated hack.


Yeah but they still miss the point of "who" Anonymous is. It's not in any way an organized group. Someone on /b/ gets bored, picks a target, and solicits help. They occasionally do some good, like disseminating info during Middle East uprisings, tracking down animal abusers, morons threatening to bomb football games, and relatively harmless fun like flashmobbing the CoS or Rick-Rolling the Mets, but it all boils down to the same thing.

You'd think the media would jump on that--"Anyone can be a potential hacker!"--rather than demonize a bunch of bored basement-dwellers waiting for the next My Little Pony episode to air.
 
2012-02-27 12:16:41 PM  
Is cyber sin a venial sin or a mortal one?
 
2012-02-27 12:16:44 PM  

brigid_fitch: You'd think the media would jump on that--"Anyone can be a potential hacker!"--rather than demonize a bunch of bored basement-dwellers waiting for the next My Little Pony episode to air.


"Security experts now say that a sort of open season has begun. "Who is Anonymous?" asked Rob Rachwald, Imperva's director of security. "Anyone can use the Anonymous umbrella to hack anyone at anytime." "

There ya go. Right there in the article.
 
2012-02-27 12:22:19 PM  

quickdraw: brigid_fitch: You'd think the media would jump on that--"Anyone can be a potential hacker!"--rather than demonize a bunch of bored basement-dwellers waiting for the next My Little Pony episode to air.

"Security experts now say that a sort of open season has begun. "Who is Anonymous?" asked Rob Rachwald, Imperva's director of security. "Anyone can use the Anonymous umbrella to hack anyone at anytime." "

There ya go. Right there in the article.


Fair enough, they do mention it--in the 3rd paragraph from the bottom of page 2. I guess by "jumping on it" I meant the "Anonymous = bogeyman!" level the media currently portrays them. I personally think they're mostly harmless but, from a yellow journalism point of view, there's much more meat to grind in that way of thinking than try to paint Anonymous as a "hacktivist group".
 
2012-02-27 12:37:18 PM  
"Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots"

That sounds like everything.
 
2012-02-27 12:42:59 PM  
They failed to get around the Vatican's faith based firewall.

Bush Proposes Faith-Based Firewalls for Government Computers
Link (http://www.bbspot.com/News/2005/11/faith_based_firewalls.html)

Washington D.C. - President Bush announced that by 2008 all government computers should be protected from outside attacks by the faith-based firewall called Protection From Above (PFA) from Houston-based software developer Christisoft.

http://www.bbspot.com/Images/News_Features/2005/11/computer2.jpg

"For too long we have turned to proven software companies with expertise in computer security for protection, now our computers will be protected by the power of prayer at a much lower cost to taxpayers," said Bush.

Estimates show the US government spent $1.2 billion dollars to secure their computer systems at various agencies, which many Republicans think is an indulgence the government can't afford.

"With the faith-based firewall and other faith-based security software from Christisoft we could save billions over the next ten years. That's money that can be returned to the most generous of taxpayers," said the President.

Bush also cited doubts about the efficacy "of science-based computer security" though he didn't use that word exactly.

The software requires no installation or maintenance fees, but only a onetime registration fee for unlimited computers.

Joel Osgood, founder of Christisoft, said, "With the one time registration fee, a company's entire network of computers joins our network of computer security prayer specialists. The power of prayer can heal the soul and can also protect you from nasty denial of service attacks and viruses."

Specialists in IT departments at various government agencies said they weren't contacted by the White House for any feedback on the system and they believe the President's decision would be "disastrous" for computer security.
Osgood refuted critics who said prayer can't protect from cyberattacks by saying, "Computers are extremely complicated devices that mere humans couldn't dream of understanding. It takes the power of God to do that."

Any security breaches in the PFA software are countered by a double-prayer guarantee.

Osgood said Christisoft's customer list includes a Fortune 500 company currently being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.
 
2012-02-27 12:46:04 PM  
"What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution,"

Evolution? In an attack on the Vatican?

Hacking into websites.
That's not much of a crime.
Through the Vatican?
Kinkyyyy. Sign here.
 
2012-02-27 03:10:59 PM  
Did somebody call for the Legion of Idiots? (rushes to closet to don cape)
 
2012-02-27 03:45:37 PM  
Lol, nice "I R Serius Security Profezzional" pic. Do you suppose that suit had to ask someone where the server room was for that photo shoot?
 
2012-02-27 03:46:21 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: "What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution,"


Whosajiggawhaaaaaa?

What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution plan of attack that lasted only 6 thousand years.

FTFY
 
2012-02-27 03:50:42 PM  

FinFangFark: I_Am_Weasel: "What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution,"

Whosajiggawhaaaaaa?

What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution plan of attack that lasted only 6 thousand years.

FTFY


Kinda funny, but the Catholics have acknowledged evolution for a while, now.
 
2012-02-27 03:53:22 PM  
delivered by an Anonymous figure in a Guy Fawkes mask

was this stupidity or satire ?
 
2012-02-27 03:54:17 PM  
"Anonymous Fark is a handful of geniuses idiots surrounded by a legion of idiots"

FTFY

maybe I have been on the politics tab tooooo long
 
2012-02-27 03:57:39 PM  

draypresct: FinFangFark: I_Am_Weasel: "What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution,"

Whosajiggawhaaaaaa?

What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution plan of attack that lasted only 6 thousand years.

FTFY

Kinda funny, but the Catholics have acknowledged evolution for a while, now.


I know, just figured I'd take a shot for humor sake.

And it's comforting to know the Vatican's network is secure, and The Pope's own private porn server is safe.

/Pope loves him some BangBus.
 
2012-02-27 03:58:22 PM  

draypresct: FinFangFark: I_Am_Weasel: "What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution,"

Whosajiggawhaaaaaa?

What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution plan of attack that lasted only 6 thousand years.

FTFY

Kinda funny, but the Catholics have acknowledged evolution for a while, now.


In a cosmic bit of irony, they are actually sort of the leading edge of science and medicine* in religious circles these days.

* Wacky birth control policies not included.
 
2012-02-27 04:00:43 PM  

serial_crusher: "Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

Best quote ever. Glad to see the media wising up instead of acting like a DDoS attack is some sophisticated hack.


What I would love is if the "handful of geniuses" are really just internet security company employees trying to drum up more business, best troll evar.
 
2012-02-27 04:03:35 PM  

draypresct: FinFangFark: I_Am_Weasel: "What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution,"

Whosajiggawhaaaaaa?

What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution plan of attack that lasted only 6 thousand years.

FTFY

Kinda funny, but the Catholics have acknowledged evolution for a while, now.


Yep. Raised Catholic in the 1980's, and was never taught that evolution didn't exist or anything like that. Heck, while the church has its issues, it didn't generally teach us anything but straight-up bible stuff, 10 commandments, all that.

I barely remember them touching on contraception/abstenence... but they didn't even hammer that in.

My dad (a hard-core Catholic) always taught me that science and religion can co-exist just fine.
 
2012-02-27 04:04:22 PM  
Also:

FTA:In recent weeks, Anonymous has made increasingly bold threats, at one point promising to "shut the Internet down on March 31" by attacking servers that perform switchboard functions for the Internet

I would love to know how they are going to pull this off since there are redundant sites backing up all those locations now.
 
2012-02-27 04:07:08 PM  

kbronsito: They failed to get around the Vatican's faith based firewall.

Bush Proposes Faith-Based Firewalls for Government Computers
Link (http://www.bbspot.com/News/2005/11/faith_based_firewalls.html)



i'd forgotten about bbspot

wonder why there's been no updates since november?
 
2012-02-27 04:07:56 PM  

Rent Party: In a cosmic bit of irony, they are actually sort of the leading edge of science and medicine* in religious circles these days.

* Wacky birth control policies not included.


Not really ironic, its how the Catholic church has always operated. Mission #1 is to get as many followers from around the world as possible. So you can't really have batshiat crazy policies, and can't be stuck too far in the past.

Which is why Vatican II happened... to modernize the church. It's really a marketing ploy, in the end.
 
2012-02-27 04:07:56 PM  
The Vatican web site is probably written in Latin and the password is the word Jehovah in ancient Greek.
 
2012-02-27 04:10:54 PM  
Kind of embarrassing for Anonymous, being beaten by priests
 
2012-02-27 04:14:48 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: The Vatican web site is probably written in Latin and the password is the word Jehovah in ancient Greek.


The password was IIIIIIVIV.
 
2012-02-27 04:15:51 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: The Vatican web site is probably written in Latin and the password is the word Jehovah in ancient Greek.


Jehovah begins with an "I"!

That's why they failed. They weren't humble, penitent or faithful enough to enter into the room with the immortal knight that guards the Vatican's secrets.
 
2012-02-27 04:19:32 PM  

Cormee: Kind of embarrassing for Anonymous, being beaten by priests


For some of those kids it wasn't the first time a priest got the best of them.
 
2012-02-27 04:21:38 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: The Vatican web site is probably written in Latin and the password is the word Jehovah in ancient Greek.


I heard the IT guy used the name of his dog...
 
2012-02-27 04:21:47 PM  

steamingpile: Also:

FTA:In recent weeks, Anonymous has made increasingly bold threats, at one point promising to "shut the Internet down on March 31" by attacking servers that perform switchboard functions for the Internet

I would love to know how they are going to pull this off since there are redundant sites backing up all those locations now.


Yeah. Good luck taking on the root nameservers. If anyone has the infrastructure to deal with such attacks, it's them. They've dealt with attacks before. The people running them are Serious Administrators who know their stuff.

Even if Anonymous could DDoS the roots, the DNS root is owned by the US government (the US Army, NASA, and the Defense Information Systems Agency operate a few of the root nameservers) who generally regards the roots as critical infrastructure. I suspect they would be somewhat annoyed by such attacks and willing to go through a fair bit of legal wrangling to find those responsible.

It's unlikely that the bad guys could keep up a DDoS for as long as it would be needed for the root TTL timers to expire at all the recursive nameservers around the world. Even if they could, anyone could download and distribute the root zone to recursive nameservers manually. It'd be a pain and not everyone would do it, but it could be done.
 
2012-02-27 04:28:55 PM  
Finally a story about a bunch of kids attacking the Vatican instead of the other way around.
 
2012-02-27 04:30:05 PM  

brigid_fitch: They occasionally do some good, like disseminating info during Middle East uprisings, tracking down animal abusers, morons threatening to bomb football games, and relatively harmless fun like flashmobbing the CoS or Rick-Rolling the Mets, but it all boils down to the same thing.


You left off one--attempting to hack the Vatican. A shame that they can't use computers to beam the Vatican's wealth and assets to all the people and countries they've stolen from over the centuries.
 
2012-02-27 04:31:08 PM  

Cormee: Kind of embarrassing for Anonymous, being beaten by priests


those priests got norton.

"Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

this works for investigative journalism and a whole lot else too.
 
2012-02-27 04:37:11 PM  

downstairs: draypresct: FinFangFark: I_Am_Weasel: "What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution,"

Whosajiggawhaaaaaa?

What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution plan of attack that lasted only 6 thousand years.

FTFY

Kinda funny, but the Catholics have acknowledged evolution for a while, now.

Yep. Raised Catholic in the 1980's, and was never taught that evolution didn't exist or anything like that. Heck, while the church has its issues, it didn't generally teach us anything but straight-up bible stuff, 10 commandments, all that.


In catholic school, we were taught that basically Genesis is allegory. There wasn't literally some dude named Adam running around nekkid, no talking snakes, eating of forbidden fruit, etc.

It was a catholic priest, Georges Lemaître, who came-up with what we now call the Big Bang theory... and also the first to propose that the universe continues to expand today.
 
2012-02-27 04:43:35 PM  
"Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

So Anon and the Catholic Church have something in common, then.
 
2012-02-27 04:49:40 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: "Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

So Anon and the Catholic Church have something in common, then.


Dead on...well...minus the handful of geniuses, then yes, mirror images.
 
2012-02-27 04:54:05 PM  
Anonymous is a bunch of jerks, I wish Readers Digest would stop printing their quotes.
 
2012-02-27 05:03:57 PM  
When are they gonna take on the Jihadist websites?

The way they pick their targets they seem like a bunch of democrats acting out.
 
2012-02-27 05:12:34 PM  
I clicked through to read the actual report. Very interesting and well written, IMO. It should be required reading at every B-school and be put on every CEO, CTO and CIO's desks. Then, there'd be no excuse for any company to fall to what appears to be a very cookie cutter approach to borking a company's internet presence.
 
2012-02-27 05:15:02 PM  

brigid_fitch: serial_crusher: "Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

Best quote ever. Glad to see the media wising up instead of acting like a DDoS attack is some sophisticated hack.

Yeah but they still miss the point of "who" Anonymous is. It's not in any way an organized group. Someone on /b/ gets bored, picks a target, and solicits help. They occasionally do some good, like disseminating info during Middle East uprisings, tracking down animal abusers, morons threatening to bomb football games, and relatively harmless fun like flashmobbing the CoS or Rick-Rolling the Mets, but it all boils down to the same thing.

You'd think the media would jump on that--"Anyone can be a potential hacker!"--rather than demonize a bunch of bored basement-dwellers waiting for the next My Little Pony episode to air.


Mostly true, but anonymous isn't /b/. Maybe the term came from there back in the day, but since scientology /b/ hasn't really had anything to do with them. Most of the convo is on disorganized IRC channels. Ocassionally someone might post something on /b/ to drum up support but they are usually railroaded out unless it has something to do with making a teenage girl's life miserable.
 
2012-02-27 05:20:48 PM  

FinFangFark: Sock Ruh Tease: "Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

So Anon and the Catholic Church have something in common, then.

Dead on...well...minus the handful of geniuses, then yes, mirror images.


Thanks for playing, but we have our share of geniuses.
Behold the power of our fully armed and functional Jesuit Order.
 
2012-02-27 05:25:51 PM  

ChuDogg: Ocassionally someone might post something on /b/ to drum up support but they are usually railroaded out unless it has something to do with making a teenage girl's animal abuser's life miserable.


4chan goes off the hook insane when people abuse animals. Like the Chinese police going after a Buddhist Priest.
 
2012-02-27 05:34:05 PM  

simplicimus: FinFangFark: Sock Ruh Tease: "Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"

So Anon and the Catholic Church have something in common, then.

Dead on...well...minus the handful of geniuses, then yes, mirror images.

Thanks for playing, but we have our share of geniuses.
Behold the power of our fully armed and functional Jesuit Order.


Pfft, Like who? The father of modern genetics? Don't make me laugh!

/seriously, some great minds have come from Catholicism
 
2012-02-27 05:35:27 PM  

FROGSTOMPER: Anonymous is a bunch of jerks, I wish Readers Digest would stop printing their quotes.


+5 for you!
 
2012-02-27 05:49:45 PM  
www.smbc-comics.com (new window)

Only loosely relevant, but funny nonetheless.
 
2012-02-27 05:53:41 PM  
I was taught evolution by a Catholic priest.
 
2012-02-27 05:57:14 PM  

Cormee: Kind of embarrassing for Anonymous, being beaten by priests


Even more embarrassing for all the sites that Anonymous has taken down. The Vatican has better security than they do.
 
2012-02-27 05:59:31 PM  
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2012-02-27 06:01:19 PM  

serial_crusher: "Anonymous is a handful of geniuses surrounded by a legion of idiots,"


"The Catholic Church is a handful of pedophiles surrounded by a legion of the deceived."

I can play with generalities too.
 
2012-02-27 06:02:28 PM  

SithLord: TheGreatGazoo: The Vatican web site is probably written in Latin and the password is the word Jehovah in ancient Greek.

Jehovah begins with an "I"!

That's why they failed. They weren't humble, penitent or faithful enough to enter into the room with the immortal knight that guards the Vatican's secrets.


You could say that they...

*puts on sunglasses*

...chose poorly.

YYYEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
 
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