Photo: Anonymous hits Mexico
At least two hacking groups –Anonymous and X-ploit- were responsible for shutting down Mexico’s Public Security and Defense websites.
In the Twitter account of “OpIndependencia,” Anonymous said the website of Felipe Calderón was their next target. The hacking groups also threatened to take down the websites of Mexico’s Health Ministry, National Water Commission and National Statistics Institute site.
The hackers said they were monitoring the online activities of senators and other government officials who they say visit xxx rated websites; they threatened to publish bank accounts, cell phone transcripts and e-mail addresses of corrupt government officials.
These attacks come as news emerge that these hackers groups are testing a new weapon: #RefRef.
Intended to replace distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which generally use ‘botnets’ to flood the target’s servers with requests, #RefRef executes a DDoS backwards. Instead of ordering the evil internet spirits to request the target server, #RefRef initiates a flood of processes on the target server itself.
“We don’t need bombs, bullets, rocks or guns, we only need hashtags and our voices at the top of our lungs,” wrote Anonymous on Twitter.