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This Hacktivist Group Is Only Getting Started After Donald Trump DDoS Attack

This Hacktivist Group Is Only Getting Started After Donald Trump DDoS Attack

by Samburaj DasJanuary 4, 2016

Following a remarkable New Year’s eve incident that saw the services of BBC’s global website and several other outlets of its digital platform including the iPlayer as the targets of DDoS attacks, the hactivist group pulling the trigger say they’re just getting started, after the takedown of Donald Trump’s campaign website.

New World Hacking, the name that the hacktivist group of  12 goes by, has claimed that the attack on last week’s BBC DDoS attack is “just the start,” of a year of many more DDoS attacks. The group also remains steadfast in its claim that its primary target is extremist militant group ISIS.

Unsurprisingly, the group has also claimed responsibility for the recent takedown of Republican runner and presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s campaign website. The incident occurred early Saturday morning, Eastern Time, before services were eventually restored around noon.

Speaking to ZDNet, one of the members of the 12-person group comprising of 8 males and 4 females, identifying himself as ‘Ownz’ stated the real reason for their DDoS takedowns.

The main  purpose of this benefits unmasking ISIS, stopping the spread and possibly ending the propaganda. We have been taking down ISIS websites in the past…this is just the start of a new year.

The hactivist also sent a screenshot to the publication prove their claim of being the instigators of the DDoS attacks. The screenshot reportedly showed a web interface that highlighted a DDoS attack of up to 602 Gbps. While such an attack would easily figure as the largest DDoS attack ever recorded, the group’s claim could not be independently verified.

Speaking pseudonymously, the hactivist also provided insight into the means in which DDoS attacks at such an unprecedented bandwidth are initiated. At least two “Amazon servers,” were used, according to Ownz, who did not reveal any further details.

He further stated:

We have our ways of bypassing Amazon. The best way to describe it is we tap into a few administrative services that Amazon is use [sic] to using. The [sic] simply set our bandwidth limit as unlimited and program our own scripts to hide it.

Donald Trump DDoS’d

Citing a “1 hour test,” New World Hacking, a New York-based hacker collective took responsibility for the disruption of Donald Trump’s campaign website.

While bearing the brunt of the attack, an archived version of the website was accessible during the outage. However, the mobile version of the website did return a message with a different take on high-volume traffic that is routinely generated by DDoS attacks.

We’re experiencing an unusually high volume of traffic at the moment. We’re Honored That so Many People Want to Show Their Support to Help #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!

The Twitter account of New World Hacking, highlighting their social media presence provided proof of the “1 hour test” after the takedown with the following tweet:

Ownz also claimed that other targets besides Donald Trump’s campaign website and ISIS included neo-Nazi and white-supremacist websites.

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  • Chunk Basker

    Smeh to all the candidates but i’m more so disgusted by Trump then the others. Dudes insane and is an extreme hate monger.