LOIC Software For Anonymous Attacks Saw Massive Download Druing This Week

Security researchers have noticed the evolution of the software being used to try to target sites such as Mastercard, PayPal and even Amazon has been evolving rapidly in the past few days, security researchers note."During this week the software that runs LOIC - Low Orbit Ion Cannon, a participatory distributed denial of service system - […]

Security researchers have noticed the evolution of the software being used to try to target sites such as Mastercard, PayPal and even Amazon has been evolving rapidly in the past few days, security researchers note.

"During this week the software that runs LOIC - Low Orbit Ion Cannon, a participatory distributed denial of service system - has gone from being a manual program, to one that is server-controlled, to one that runs on Javascript off a web server (which might be located on the user's machine)," says Impervas ADC.

LOIC downloads by day

But the participants also seem to be highly concentrated geographically. Nearly one-third of the downloads of the manual file are from US, and 85% users running Windows.

The number of downloads has rocketed in the past couple of days. The US leads the pack with > 9,000 downloads, UK comes second with > 3,000. Germany, Netherlands, Canada, France, Spain, Poland, Russia and Australia follow with > 1,000 - while the 11th country engaging in the attacks has been Sweden, where Wikileaks's systems are now housed, recording just 75 downloads.

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