Aaaaand we’re back. If the national capital could just keep the power and the internet both running at the same time, being a journalist in Ottawa would be a lot easier. Anyhoodle, let’s get to it, shall we?
For those tuning in late, every morning Ukraine time/middle of the night Ottawa time, the IT Army of Ukraine releases a list of Russian website targets they request help with. They’ve also created a number of cyber-weapons which they make available for download: Death by 1,000 Needles, for instance, automatically updates with each morning’s new target list so you’re always hitting the proper targets.
DDoS attacks like this depend on volume; the more people who participate, the more likely the targets are to be taken offline. And they only remain offline as long as volumes are high. The object here is not to deface, not to destroy, and not to infiltrate…
Over on The Cryptosphere I’m posting the daily updates from the IT Army of Ukraine. This is probably the largest hacktivist action in the history of the world, and law enforcement by and large seems to be giving it the green light. Veddy interesting.
We’re back in action after a week offline thanks to extreme weather in Ottawa. Until the next tornado, derecho, ice storm, or what-have-you, we’ll be back and updating target lists issued by the IT Army of Ukraine daily. As always, OPSEC is everything, although law enforcement agencies around the world seem to be giving out hall passes as long as your targets are exclusively Russian (with maybe a sprinkle of Belarussian targets just to shake it up a bit). But it’s best not to rely on the continuing goodwill of law enforcement agencies, particularly in countries which have recently flirted with flat-out oligarchy or worse, so take care that your own security is airtight before engaging in DDoS or any other kind of attack. Tor, then VPN.
Let’s just do this, shall we? All text below exclusive of headings is direct and verbatim from the IT Army of…
Ukrainian Hacktivists Create a Phone Bomb in an Attempt to Persuade Russians to Stop Vladimir Putin from Committing War Crimes
When the Ukrainian government requested assistance from hackers, the amount of cyber assistance received surged.
Databases have been leaked, and websites have been taken down or defiled.
Hackers are now concentrating their efforts on infrastructure.
·Over the last week, hackers have heard the Ukrainian government pleas for help and have used every arsenal in their power to assist, including targeting Russian infrastructure.
The hacktivist crew known as The International Legion Information Technology Battalion 300 (ILIT300) claimed to have a phone bombing software that was created by Ukrainian hacktivists to send out pleas to Russian citizens in the hopes that they will speak out against the conflict in Ukraine.
Is it what, Wednesday already, Possums? We’ve lost track, having been somewhat preoccupied ’round these parts (of Ottawa) lately, not to mention having published roughly 10,000 words over the past two weeks. Not even counting Twitter (gotta be another 10k at least). While the initial Ottawa Occupation may indeed be over, there are two truck rodeos not far out of town waiting for the signal to launch #OO2.0. Meanwhile World War Three looms. It’s Rather A Lot, Possums. We are all preoccupied these days, between worry and working.
A BRAND NEW BINGO CARD!
Yes, Possums, after what? A six month hiatus during which we each day hoped (and that, fervently, Possums, positively fervently) that we’d never need another card because the pandemic was surely over (the end of the pandemic being, apparently, around exactly the same corner as prosperity) after six months, we’re back with a new Bingo card!
But it’s not (Pandemic: over. Prosperity: just around the corner). We’re headed towards WW III, and here we are. We’re in this together.
Strap in and hold on, we’re coming in hot.
And we’re not even talking about our featured image! #BringBackTheBeard
Our CPAC video is here, with just 380 watching which is what you get for announcing a 4pm press conference at what? 2pm? (Update: 12,000 a respectable number, a couple of hours later:
And here are our bingo cards, including the new, less-pandemic-y, more-Ukrainian Eleventh Generation bingo card! Are you excited, Possums? I know you are.