While it might be funny that Anonymous now has a petition up on the official website for the White House, it is doubtful at the Obama Administration finds it all that humorous. The loose-knit Internet hacking collective has taken some time out of its busy schedule of attacking various government agencies and other organizations it hates to launch a petition asking the Administration to make DDoS attacks a form of protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The petition, located here reads:
"Make, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), a legal form of protesting.
With the advance in internet technology, comes new grounds for protesting. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), is not any form of hacking in any way. It is the equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage. It is, in that way, no different than any "occupy" protest. Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time.
As part of this petition, those who have been jailed for DDoS should be immediately released and have anything regarding a DDoS, that is on their "records", cleared."
So far the petition has 533 of the 25,000 signatures it needs. Even if it were to hit that number of signatures, the white House response would likely be to ignore it altogether. No doubt some in the government will see this slice of comedy as a middle finger to cybersecurity efforts that are sure to be pursued later this year…