Paypal hands over 1000 IP addresses of Anonymous attackers

first_imgWhen Anonymous took up arms against Paypal last year for freezing Wikileaks‘ account and launched DDoS attacks against the billing and payment company, some of the attackers apparently left behind enough information to be traceable. Paypal is reporting that they’ve handed over a list of 1,000 IP addresses to the FBI of individuals they believe to be behind part of the attack.The problem with investigating DDoS attacks is that they’re usually orchestrated by zombie computer systems – or computers that are infected with Trojans, often unknown to the user. Those systems then, without the owners’ knowledge, take part in large-scale attacks against websites. Similarly, masking your IP address is a basic skill for hackers – it’s essentially the equivalent of hiding your face when you rob a bank: if you don’t, you’re not terribly clever.To that end, there’s no way to know whether the list of IP addresses are just a dump of attacking systems or whether Paypal’s investigation turned up some indication that these thousand IP addresses were orchestrating the attack. The statement from Paypal claims that the dump contained IP addresses that “sent malicious network packets” during the attacks, which isn’t very descriptive. They do allude to the notion that the addresses they handed over are some of the IPs that sent the most data.For example, one of the IP addresses belonged to a computer in a home of a family in Arlington, Texas, and the PayPal data was used as evidence to get a warrant to search that home. Expect the same for the other systems on the list, if they can be found as easily. There’s no doubt that the FBI is already sifting through the list to determine whether any of the other addresses match individual households or known activists.via The Hacker Newslast_img read more