Anonymous Wants DDoS Recognised as an Official Form of Protest

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The Anonymous hacking collective has petitioned the White House, using the US government's open forum to ask for DDoS attacks to be registered as an official form of complaint - and requesting the convictions of previous DDoS attackers be wiped from their records.

The petition does make some sense. Anon claims that a DDoS attack is similar to the modern trend of "occupy" protests, where unshaven anti-capitalists sit inside a branch of Vodafone annoying proper customers with their banners and shouting about tax.

It says a DDoS is the same thing, only virtual, with complainants instead using their computers to occupy a web site and therefore denying users the chance to use it.

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Anon doesn't do itself any favours, though, pointing out that the DDoS attack method is little more than "repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage." Which doesn't sound as cool. [White House via The Register]

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I dont really get why they chose to be anonymous. Surely if you belive in something and are willing to fight for that you are better of doing it as a regular citizen rather than hiding on the internet?