Hacktivist groups present around have also used popular attacking methodologies and gain access to their targets to mark their presence and protest. We have seen DDOS attacks, mass defacement, making confidential data public. Hacktivist group “TeaMp0isoN” made used a different technique seen rarely used by hacktivist group. The group crafted a script to perform a phone bomb attack on the worlds most respected leading spy agency of Britain, MI6. They dropped a 24 hour phone bomb on the spy agency. They were able to make calls to the agency’s offices for 24 hours non-stop, basically launching a phone-based denial of service (DOS) attack.The script was based on the Asterisk software and uses a SIP protocol to phone. Every time the officials picked up the phone, the server would play a robot voice which said ‘teamp0ison’. To make sure they can’t be caught, the hacktivists compromised a server from Malaysia and set it up to execute the phone bomb script.
Around 4 hours after the bombing stopped, they called the offices. The audio recording of the call shows that the MI6 representatives that answered the phone became upset, threatening that every bit of information they have will go to the authorities. Softpedia editor had a conversation with TriCk, the member of the hacktivist outfit. He gave a strong point for the reason behind the attack. The attack were made on the note that spy agency had held many innocent people with serious charges of terrorism on the behalf that those people were Muslims by religion.Though its still unclear what the main issue is running up with spy agency and the people caught, but TriCK threw some strong words pointing out how Muslims are being targeted globally on the name of terrorism.
The hacktivist attack methodology was quite unique. In the past, outfits like Anonymous and Lulzsec have been using DOS attacks, defacement and leaking sensitive data. This attack gave more wider vision of attacking methodologies that can be used to create an impact as well as damage. As the heat and revenge strikes up in the cyber space, we’ll keep you updated on the issues. Stay tuned to get more updates!