The Techpocalypse is DANGEROUSLY close
So, if you’ve been listening to the radio or reading a paper or seeing news online, you have most likely heard about the WikiLeaks site going down due to a DDoS attack. You may have also heard of what all was released on the WL site as well as Assange being arrested.
Well, it looks like people are fighting back. Both Visa and Mastercard were hit hard today. They were hit by something called LOIC:
LOIC (“Low Orbit Ion Cannon”) is an application developed by 4Chan-affiliated hackers designed to–when used en masse by thousands of anonymous users–launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on websites. Like Visa.com and Mastercard.com, for instance.
It’s a pushbutton application…
The idea behind LOIC is that it can allow you to participate in attacks even if you’ve no clue how to hack. Just download a copy of LOIC (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux!), punch in the target information like a URL or an IP address and zap.
There were also rumors around that say a large amount of MasterCard numbers were stolen. They were posted on a web page. But those rumors may have been false as the following image may prove:
Both of the credit card companies were down for a period of time both the face page / web site as well as the ability to process credit card transactions.
All of this appears to have escalated due to a criminal act by government personnel and private citizens possibly putting soldiers lives at stake. One of those people (Assange) has been recently arrested and has had a number of financial services shut him out because of either traffic, violating terms of service, etc.
Yes, a lot of that data that was leaked won’t get anyone a hangnail let alone getting them killed, but put enough information together and you’ll get a road map that will put people in the grave. Decent people fighting for the rights that those people that are doing this. Data that could also lead to US allies maybe rethinking their decision to align with the US.
The original movement started bak in October. They started to change their focus when the whole WikiLeaks release started.
Where the Techpocalypse comes into play is here. Enough people start using this LOIC app to take down everything and anything they can think of. You don’t even know what it’s doing to be able to use it. But soon, banks start going off line, hospitals, power and water companies, possibly police, fire and emergency services, traffic signals, if it’s got a computer associated to it and it’s connected to the outside world/internet, it’s vulnerable.
When things start going down, especially around Christmas and people are unable to perform simple tasks such as checking bank accounts, being able to do bank transactions online, buy gas, make a phone call, people start to panic. When people start to panic, they do things before thinking them through.
- pulling all of their money out of the bank
- Canceling their credit cards
- pulling their money out of their 401K’s
- buying large amounts of weapons, ammo and ‘Y2K’ supplies
- Burying weapons
- civil disobedience
It’s one step away from anarchy. When that happens, the government will be forced to step in and bring in more than lawyers to put people in prison for causing DoS attacks against financial institutions.
It’s a dangerous slope that is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
Call me a nut job.
Call me paranoid.
Call me what you want, but don’t anyone EVER say I didn’t warn you.
The people in government offices know it’s true and I can guarantee that they are craping their pants over all of this.