Hackers Talk CISPA, Anonymous and More

Motherboard (part of VICE – which you may know better from their new weekly news show on HBO) has an interesting interview with two hackers – Dragon and PhäntömZ – who run a stresser/booter company called Agony (a stresser/booter is a software or service that allows a user to flood a network). In the Interview the publication talks to the duo about Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, botnets, shells, black hat and white hat hackers, Anonymous, CISPA, and more.

The most interesting part of the interview is what these two hackers think of Anonymous, and their contention that all of these DDoS being done in protest of laws like CISPA are actually giving lawmakers ammunition to successfully pass restrictive internet laws in the name of cybersecurity.

When asked about the people conducting DDoS attacks for political reasons, Dragon said: "I personally think that they're internet terrorists. The point of the internet was originally freedom of information, and most of the time that's not what people are using DDoS attacks for. Many of the attacks nowadays come from political parties or people trying to take out businesses."

Dragon also said that the purpose of CISPA is simply to allow the government to spy on everyone.

"CISPA is just the government trying to spy on everyone, in my honest opinion. CISPA would waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cyber security."

Dragon also thinks that most of the people that make up hacktivist group Anonymous are kids:

"They’re just a bunch of kids – 99 percent of them are under 20."

PhäntömZ had harsher words for the group:

"They’re online terrorist groups. I've had a few of them try to recruit me, but I keep turning them away. The way those groups run is just helping the government have more reasons to put cyber laws into play."

You can check out the rest of the interview on Motherboard. They also offer their opinions on using botnets, black hat hackers, and the undernet.

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