Gawker's uncovered a pretty devious plan of Anonymous to wage war in its Megaupload retaliation—tricking Twitter users into firing the Low Orbit Ion Cannon. But what the hell is that? Giz explains.
Anonymous may abandon its current DDoS tool LOIC and develop a more powerful replacement to protect hackers from detection. LOIC was effective in Operation Payback, but it's also the reason hackers have been identified and arrested.
A Dutch 16 year old (and LOIC gunner) has been detained in the Netherlands for his connection to the pro-WikiLeaks takedowns of MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal. The teen is currently undergoing interrogation by the Dutch High Tech Crime Team. Yikes.
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.
While they're back online now, for a while there both the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America's websites were under DDoS attacks from piracy-lovin' 4chan members.