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Hackers Take Aim at Republicans

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the no-surprise-I-guess dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Wired reports-- Online protests targeting GOP websites could turn out to be more than symbolic during this month's Republican National Convention, possibly blocking a critical communications tool for the party... "We want to bombard (the Republican sites) with so much traffic that nobody can get in," said CrimethInc, a member of the so-called Black Hat Hackers Bloc. It's one of several groups planning to distribute software tools to reload Republican sites over and over again."

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The whole idea is crazy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000494)

I don't get it.

Re:The whole idea is crazy (1, Insightful)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000507)

Hmm....was there something like this for the Dem. convention? I'm hoping the 'hackers' are equal opportunity types...

:-)

Re:The whole idea is crazy (-1)

max909 (619312) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000513)

I didnt either :(

Re:The whole idea is crazy (1)

TheDredd (529506) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000519)

They don't like the Bush Regime, and this is there way of protesting (illegaly), what is there not to get?

Re:The whole idea is crazy (3, Insightful)

beh (4759) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000575)

Just a second... How is "reloading a page" illegal?

Unless they would intend to break into their servers, this doesn't seem illegal...

Unethical, yes, but not illegal... Is it?

Re:The whole idea is crazy (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000677)

If the intent is to deny access to other people, then it is a denial of service and is illegal.

Re:The whole idea is crazy (4, Insightful)

mwood (25379) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000579)

Seconded. If one believes that Party X is wrong, wouldn't one wish for as many as possible to be able to view Party X's site and see the wrongness for themselves? This action just reflects discredit on the attackers, who come off as being people who want to hide their *own* wrongness.

This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, right (1, Insightful)

beh (4759) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000497)

Wouldn't eliminating the Republican's "free speech" on the web via DDOS attacks basically amount to cyber-terrorism?

Hint! Hint! You wouldn't want Bush to go for more governmental control of the Internet in order to fight all kinds of cyber-terrorism, wouldn't you?

And - if this really hits the Republicans, it won't be long before Bush's spin-doctors claim the whole idea was, in fact, initiated by Al Qaeda members.... ...remember how, in front of the UN in the run-up to the Iraq war, a couple of trucks in the middle of the desert were "mobile bio weapon research/development platforms"? (Exactly those that, like all the weapons of mass distruction, can't be found now)...

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (-1, Troll)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000559)

Then again, it wouldn't matter what Bush thinks when he's finally gone. ;)

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (4, Insightful)

beh (4759) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000616)

The question is just, whether that will be in a couple of months, or in 4 years and a couple of months...

While I hope his re-election campaign will fail (badly), I am not convinced it will.

All the guy needs to do is to occasionally raise (and then silently drop) terror alert levels again to create enough fear in the population to go for his kind of hard-liner politics...

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000594)

You yourself are an idiot, but there's an underlying truth to what you're saying. The more grotesque, destructive and hate-filled RNC protests turn out to be, the more votes that get swung to Bush. We'll see how it plays out.

Meanwhile, these "hacktivist" morons manage to be complete failures on both political and technical counts. Remember a few years ago when they tried to DDOS the World Bank and an admin there bounced their packets and flooded them off, instead? How much of a loser do you need to be to get 0wn3d by the World Bank?

And DOSing the Republican website affects the convention how? I suppose doing anything more sophisticated than a page reloading script is beyond them...

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (2, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000601)

Wouldn't eliminating the Republican's "free speech" on the web via DDOS attacks basically amount to cyber-terrorism?

Of course, anything to have a story with the word terrorism in it.

From the article: But some activists are condemning the planned attacks, saying they violate the principles of free speech that protesters rely on for their demonstrations.

The free speech zones might be good enough for those people but I assume the hackers want Bush to be in the front seat when he sees what they hate about him.

I disagree with the tactics myself as they are nothing more than an annoyance and fodder for Bush's team to say "look! we have terrorists right here trying to end your freedoms!"

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (5, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000623)

it won't be long before Bush's spin-doctors claim the whole idea was, in fact, initiated by Al
Damn. I really wanted your next word to be "Gore", rather than "Qaeda".

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (-1)

gadders (73754) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000624)

Er, except weapons of mass destruction were found (nerve gas shell used in attempted bomb - ring any bells?) as well as evidence of chemical and biological weapons. Stockpiles of chemical weapons weren't found, that's all.

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (-1, Troll)

Jason Hood (721277) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000632)


Bush's spin-doctors claim the whole idea was, in fact, initiated by Al Qaeda members


What is sad is you will get modded up by the slantdot moderators. I hope you stand by your prediction so we can revisit it later. =)

Take off your... (1, Informative)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000642)

...tinfoil bodysuit.

Also:

The intelligence gathering capabilities of:

- The US, - The UN, - Most of Europe, including the UK, France, and Germany; - Russia; - Some of Iraq's neighbors; - Iraq and Saddam Hussein himself;

believed Iraq to be in possession of significant quantities of WMD.

This is because:

- The US had long tracked Iraq's possession of WMD, considering we provided them with much of that capability (Let's take another brief tangential stroll down the lane of liberal hypocrisy: that the US once supported Saddam against Iran, and provided Iraq with some of its WMD capabilities is something often bandied about. Classically, it removes accountability for any actions in the intermediary, similar to blaming society wholly for the ills of an inner city youth, or a gun manufacturer for the actions of a criminal with a gun. Hypocritically, it ignores the position held by many in this same camp when Madison's own Progressive Magazine published The Secrets of the H-Bomb some 25 years ago, arguing vehemently [with a different agenda, of course] that the secrets of such weapons cannot and should not be kept by the Big Bad Government, because anyone who wanted to figure them out ultimately would anyway. And, indeed, that the blame would rest with the people who used them inappropriately, not the science behind them. Now, apparently, the US is directly to blame for Iraq having WMD. [Even though it didn't have any WMD...] See why it's difficult to keep up?)

- The UN had closely tracked Iraq's WMD capability for over a decade

- As a matter of course, most of Europe had done the same

- When Hussein accused UN weapons inspectors of being US spies in 1998, at which point the UN pulled the inspectors due to lack of effectiveness, Iraq was known by the UN to be in possession of significant quantities of WMD (e.g., amounts in the thousands of tons). Are we to believe that after all UN oversight was gone, that Iraq secretly and silently destroyed ALL of its WMD capability, without the knowledge of Hussein himself - who believed he was INCREASING his investment in WMD - and all without any records or evidence of such destruction? There are over 740 tons of Sarin alone unaccounted for. 740 tons out of a known 920 tons. Eighty percent. Where is it? (Well, it's in the Sudan, Libya, Syria, who knows?)

- This, of course, ignores the fact that Iraq was egregiously in violation, numerous times, of several binding UNSEC resolutions; resolutions which member nations are required, obligated, and compelled to enforce by the UN charter. The type of enforcement, of course, is up for debate; however, it's clear that the previous course of action was not only not working, it had gotten worse, and ultimately utterly failed. While it also, according to the left, was responsible for over half a million Iraqi deaths.

Let's also not forget the *650,000 tons* (yes, you read that right) of non-WMD UN-banned weapons found by coalition forces in Iraq. 650,000 tons, and counting.

Want to follow the money?

Ok, let's follow it.

During sanctions, tens of billions of dollars flowed into, in this order, France, Russia, and Germany for UNOFP contracts administration. TENS OF BILLIONS. Guess when that flow of money stopped? When the US and coalition countries initiated action in March 2003. Guess who didn't want that neverending money spigot turned off...? Thanks to criminal corruption within the UNOFP itself, we may never know the true amount of money that flowed.

Perhaps you should also wake the fuck up and realize that this whole mideast strategy IS NOT ABOUT WMD IN IRAQ. It's about forcibly killing Panislamic radicalism over the next several decades, perhaps in a generation, without letting it run its natural course over the next 2 to 3 centuries. Why have 9/11 and "Iraq" been discussed in the same context? Not because, as some liberals mindlessly drone that Bush and his "cronies" wanted to "fool" the American people into thinking that Iraq was directly involved in 9/11 (and no one in the administration has EVER said anything of the sort; additionally, Iraq does have proven ties with al-Qaeda, even while NOT having been involved in 9/11 - but that ridiculously misses the point!); rather, they're talked about in the same breath because 9/11 is but a mere taste of what the US and Western Europe can expect if the problems in the mideast at large aren't dealt with preemptively. (Oops, is that a dirty word?) 9/11 CHANGED the threshold for dealing with things that could potentially execute devastating blows to the US, and to our economy with which our prosperity and our very lives are so dependent.

So, a collection of people - mostly neoconservatives, but that word is now synonymous with evil, greed, imperialism, and corruption - knew that something had to be done in the mideast. 9/11 raised the issue to the forefront of everyone's minds, and the American populace was already familiar with Iraq. A case was built for Iraq. Note that a case could have been made for Iran, Libya, or any number of other nations in the region. (And while am at it, North Korea is the LEAST of our problems.) This is a broad strategy to encourage quasi-free, even if partly theocratic, Western- and US-friendly governments in prominent locations in the mideast. Not only for economic reasons, but reasons of the safety of our nation, and those of our allies.

So, why not Saudi Arabia? Because Saudi Arabia is an official ally, and it's just as stupid to ask that question as it is for some fat dipshit to walk around stupidly asking congressmen why they don't "send" their children to Iraq. (????) Saudi Arabia already provides us with needed capabilities in the region, and is critical at this early phase of change in the mideast. Saudi Arabia will be one of the first to go when our support wanes and its royalty is overthrown. By that time, hopefully strong Western-friendly official governments will be present in more nations in the locale which will influence the outcome in the lands of Arabia.

Why not China? The roots of democracy and the free flow of information have already taken hold. It's only a matter of time.

Why not North Korea? Because if North Korea did even the slightest stupid aggressive thing against the US (or anyone else), it would be crushed by China. And quite possibly Japan as well.

We should also realize that regardless of all this, the US economy - and by extension, the global economy - is neck neep in the middle east, and that's not going to change. So instead of some spouting off a bunch of tripe like "Maybe people should stop driving Hummers and we should get the out of Israel and/or Saudi Arabia", we could wake up and smell the coffee of the reality that every single thing Western industrialized society does, from water purification to food processing, from fertilizers to construction, from medicine to everything else, depends upon cheap energy - and that depends upon our interaction with the mideast.

Everything I've said here will only happen over time. Things are going to get worse in the meantime. The news talks about the "insurgency" in Iraq as if it's some kind of general uprising against the oppressive occupiers. Wrong: it's tribal groups with very different ideologies, ones who were crushed under Saddam, thirsting for power. We all fully realize that socially, economically, and psychologically, you can't just waltz in and say "Hey, here's a democracy! Now live happily ever after!" But it's foolish to believe that the US exists in a vacuum and shouldn't have done things like, e.g., opposing the Soviet Union whenever and where ever possible (cf. Taliban). Conversely, it's also foolish to believe some of these decisions and interactions won't have consequences (And sometimes come back to bite us in the ass. Hard. [cf. Taliban]). But as they have negative consequences, they also have positive ones. Our omnibus policy of unabashed opposition to the USSR ultimately (along with many other factors) led to its accelerated downfall. Now there's a new doctrine, and that is CHANGE in the middle east. Bush is the first president to suggest a true Palestinian state. So what of that? Nothing? Still just go around chanting how we should get out of Israel and Saudi Arabia?

Ignoring Bush's stupid "you're with us or you're against us" and "they're EVIL. They HATE our way of life" type rhetoric, there really are people who believe one true Islamic state should exist in the middle east, and have the seat of leadership in the world, and they'll do anything to achieve it. This isn't even necessarily about US gluttony, or oil, or naked women. It's about their own fundamental religious quest. And if you want to live under the threat of a mushroom cloud over a European city the next time a terrorist doesn't like someone's policies, then, by all means, do nothing about the mideast...

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (0, Flamebait)

AWHITEMAN (784936) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000653)

Spin doctors??? Hell it sounds like it to me already. Liberals disgust me.

Re:This is being done by Republican-SUPPORTERS, ri (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000665)

(Exactly those that, like all the weapons of mass distruction, can't be found now)

As of this morning, Fox news is speculating that they were driven to Syria, based on the evidence that Hussein sent his "most trusted government branch" to control the border crossings with Syria.

In fact, Fox was bringing on experts who said it was likely that all the WMDs were shipped to Syria shortly before the war.

Silly hackers! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000502)

Republicans = RICH
Rich = BIG POWERFUL SERVERS with LOTS OF BANDWIDTH!

Re:Silly hackers! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000565)

Haha. Troll? Please, that is funny and true.

Re:Silly hackers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000608)

That's funny... that french looking lying loser Kerry and his pal Edwards have way more money then Bush... But logic and facts are alien to libs...

Pardon? (5, Insightful)

Hanna's Goblin Toys (635700) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000503)

Apologies, but in my opinion massive page reloading to deny service is hardly "hacking". It's not even "cracking". What about reloading a page is innovative, clever, or technical?

Re:Pardon? (1)

Elecore (784561) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000605)

Nothing. I don't think it's supposed to be. But they are distributing software that will do this, and if enough people run the software, the server will get overloaded and access to the webpage will get harder and harder thus blocking access. Who says people need clever innovative techniques? The wheel still turns so we use it.

Re:Pardon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000638)

Slashdot should have patented slashdotting, then it could sue these "hackers" for patent infringement.

Re:Pardon? (1)

beh (4759) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000644)

It isn't HACKING... It's just HACKERS that came up with the idea...

(It's very much the same concept it wouldn't be electrocuting, if electricians would have come up with the idea; or drowning if it would have been plumbers... Imagine this - hackers don't "hack" 24 hours a day - they DO other stuff as well...

Re:Pardon? (1)

mwood (25379) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000663)

Hear, hear. Vandalism is not hacking. Someone who wants to defeat a candidate by hacking should be polishing up Stephen Byerly v1-preX, not wasting network bandwidth on silly temper tantrums.

Besides, according to commonly held beliefs, the Republicans have all the money in the universe (or soon will) so they'll just buy more servers and ride it out, no?

the whole idea is crazy! (-1, Offtopic)

bunburyist (664958) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000504)

I don't get it

Re:the whole idea is crazy! (-1, Flamebait)

Schreckgestalt (692027) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000627)

Yeah, really crazy and also stupid, as the republicans do more damage to themselves when the people are reading what they have to say!

Don't DoS them, or nobody finds out why not to vote for them.

Bound to happen (-1, Troll)

Compact Dick (518888) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000512)

Most [cr|h]ackers tend to lean towards liberal values and fairness, the antethesis of Republican ideals.

Re:Bound to happen (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000529)

Right! Which is why they'd try to stifle political discussion! Oh wait. What?

Re:Bound to happen (1)

Shajenko42 (627901) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000531)

Heh, I've seen plenty of survival-of-the-fittest libertarian-type IT gurus.

Disagree (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000542)

Most hackers tend to lean towards Libertarianism, or even Anarchism in some extreme cases. That means they don't support Democrats either.

Re:Bound to happen (2, Insightful)

strictfoo (805322) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000567)

Freedom of speech is a Republican ideal? Because that's what these skript kiddies seem to be against here. Just because you don't agree with someone's viewpoint doesn't give you the right to impede their ability to present it.

Re:Bound to happen (1)

Quill_28 (553921) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000569)

Fairness?

I would say Reps are much more geared towards fairness
than dems.

Re:Bound to happen (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000658)

Yeah, if your definition of fairness means giving massive tax cuts to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans at the expense of the rest of them. And letting companies get away with poisoning the environment without penalty either at the time or later down the line. And cutting soldiers pay and veterans benefits right when you're sending them out to war. And reducing public schools to the level where they practically have to throw poor students out of class or else risk losing desperately needed funds because they aren't meeting set targets.

Oh yeah, Republicans are all about fairness.

Mwhahahaa (4, Funny)

Zygote-IC- (512412) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000586)

You're right.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be over here with my eyepatch, petting my Persian cat and building my GOP approved super death beam to hold all of the world governments hostage to further the shadow government which really pulls all the strings.
Then I will tell John Kerry all my secret plans right before I chop him in half with a laser.
Mwhahahaaha

Re:Bound to happen (2, Insightful)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000589)

liberal values and fairness

That statement, right there, is why the two groups can't get along. To Conservatives, "liberal and fair" is an oxymoron, but to Liberals, it makes perfect sense. It's like arguing about whether the GPL or BSD license is "more free". Stating one position as unarguable fact only marks you as a partisan, and not insightful.

Re:Bound to happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000618)

Fairness!? Bullshit!

In their group-think it's okay to deny the rights of others while demanding those rights for themselves.

I guess their message should be:

"Authoritarianism for Freedom!"

Re:Bound to happen (5, Insightful)

blinder (153117) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000621)

LOL!!!

wow, could you be any more indoctrinated or what?

Yeah, those evil republicans! I know, lets just stop taking half measures and just commit random acts of violence against them... yeah, i mean, they aren't even human right? So it won't matter... yeah, next republican you see, bash her/him over the head with a brick. They have it coming to them, subhumans that they are.

You are a liberal, its your duty! To stand up against the inhuman unfairness of a republican.

This little "stunt" is about as pathetic as anything I've ever heard of... and is just a glowing indication of the inability of the left to engage in the political process in any meaningful way.

And yes, you with the mod points, sucked into the slashbot group-think, I fully expect you to mod this down as troll, flamebait... or wait... use the ULTIMATE cop-out... overrated!

terrorists! (-1, Offtopic)

vena (318873) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000514)

also treason!

and other words that begin with the letter t!

Re:terrorists! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000649)

> nd other words that begin with the letter t!

'tard?

Re:terrorists! (1)

Curtman (556920) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000659)

I hope they provide a Canadian download mirror.

So much for... (4, Insightful)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000515)

"tolerance" and "open-mindedness"

Re:So much for... (1, Insightful)

VT_hawkeye (33442) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000555)

For the modern left, "tolerance" and "open-mindedness" only apply to ideas they agree with. Everything else is "hate speech" and thus deserving of complete extermination.

Re:So much for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000646)

As opposed to the right...?
I mean Goeroge Bush seriously considered that the reason many around the world, and specifically bin laden, hate america is because of american foreign policy?LIKE HE SAYS IN EVERY FRICKIN TAPE

Na, thats too easy, too obvious... i know, he must us because we're us! thats it!

Re:So much for... (1)

BillFarber (641417) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000671)

I agree, but don't forget the modern right. They are just as close-minded.

It's only those of us in the center that are open to anything. And I do mean "anything". wink wink.

The whole plan revolves around..... (5, Funny)

angrist (787928) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000516)

Posting links to the GOP websites on /.

Re:The whole plan revolves around..... (1)

fgrieu (596228) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000573)

Only bots would follow them.

There are some smart democrats but... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000522)

...that party sure knows how to attract idiots who don't even know what democracy means.

It's a youth thing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000574)

Young people simply don't know better, so they end up doing really stupid things.

Genius (2, Funny)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000523)

Genius.... Targetting Republican websites... someone want to tell these hackers that it's the Republicans that have been pushing mandatory sentencing guidelines in federal, pound-me-in-the-ass prison.

yeah because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000524)

Yeah because all hackers are democrats and leftists. RIGHT. Maybe the political slant of off the hook has confused a lot of script kiddi's but I'm sure there are hackers from both sides of the spectrum.

Re:yeah because... (1)

strictfoo (805322) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000654)

man... I was just thinking of "off the hook" when I read this article. They've been stroking themselves over the idea of f'ing with the RNC convention for months now. There's only one guy on the show who's even mentioned that it might not be the best idea to infringe on the rights of others just because you don't agree with them.

Re:yeah because... (0, Troll)

mark2003 (632879) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000664)

You assume that Bush et al. are centrist (or at least moderate) but when the Republicans represent nothing but the extreme religious right then almost everyone (at least those who are educated and can think for themselves) is to the left of the Republicans. If you then add in the rest of the Western world, who are almost all opposed to Bush and his cronies, then you will find only a very small number of intelligent people who would support the Republicans whether they consider themselves left or right wing. My assumption is that these people are will be involved in this as most of the other right wing religious nuts are in third world countries (such as Iran) or living in a trailer park and are probably without either internet access or any limited form of technical ability.

Shouldn't this be... (1)

Viral Fly-by (662186) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000526)

...an Ask Slashdot question about how to turn a perfectly happy web server into a pile of molten rubble?

PLEASE HELP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000527)


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Talking constituencies (1)

josea (41750) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000532)

So I'm guessing the Republicans wont be able to count on the hacker vote this year?

JJ

Why isn't this YRO? (5, Insightful)

ichthus (72442) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000534)

One group's voices are being silenced because another group disagrees with them. Now that's respect for freedom of speech!

Re:Why isn't this YRO? (2, Interesting)

musikit (716987) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000669)

how is their voice being silenced?

1. there are other outlets for them to let their voice be heard.
2. they could increase server capacity
3. how is there not a plugin for apache that will detect a IP address/set of IP addresses/location of machine so that if it consistently loads the same page (ex /index.html) X many times within Y seconds/mins/hours to just 404 the request automatically. no wasted bandwidth very small CPU hit

Would running... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000536)

IIS have something to do with it?

Not unexpected (4, Insightful)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000537)

That's so typical of extremist left-wing groups who insist that everyone is entitled to free speech - as long as it meets their approval.

I'd better hear the same hue and cry in here as if a group of right-wing extremists were gleefully planning to shut down the DNC, or Nader, or any other such group.

That's just plain wrong. If you don't like someone, then debate them - don't try to shut them up.

Re:Not unexpected (1)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000592)

But of course, the current spin is that it's actually the Republicans themselves doing this...

Buy stock in tinfoil, it's only gonna get more entertaining as we get closer to November. =)

Re:Not unexpected (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000620)

Oh, shut up.

Re:Not unexpected (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000637)

That's so typical of extremist left-wing groups who insist that everyone is entitled to free speech - as long as it meets their approval.

Pot, kettle, black.

Re:Not unexpected (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000675)

That's just plain wrong. If you don't like someone, then debate them - don't try to shut them up.

Um you mean like Bill O'Reilly?

Republicans (1, Insightful)

MartinG (52587) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000538)

Most things that the republicans have to say make me dislike them even more.

Please don't hide their idiocy by DDOSing their servers. We want to let them spread the news of their incompetent lunacy as far and wide as possible.

Stupid stupid stupid (2)

Talrias (705583) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000543)

This is quite possibly the most rediculous way of expressing your disagreement with someone, ever.

Preventing them from saying what they are allowed to say by blasting them off the internet, rather than engaging in proper debate?

*slaps forehead*

Re:Stupid stupid stupid (1)

kilfarsnar (561956) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000660)

Proper debate? With Republicans? LOL! When their party platform amounts to "If you look at us funny we'll kick your ass" there's not much proper debate to be had. Though I agree, DDoS attacks on websites is counterproductive.

Anyone on slashdot... (1, Insightful)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000544)

...who agrees with, or supports, this in any way, is a fucking hypocrite.

Re:Anyone on slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000645)

...who agrees with, or supports, this in any way, is a fucking hypocrite.

Now that depends wether that person is for or against freedom of speech. ;-)

I detest the Republicans but... (2, Insightful)

spikexyz (403776) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000546)

....I believe they have a right to speak. I believe that we should listen to everyone's ideas. I believe blocking them will only serve to infuriate people which will only help them in November.

This is wrong. (4, Insightful)

BigChigger (551094) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000548)

No ifs, ands or buts. Denying others their free speech rights via DDOS - these guys are making all of us and our anti DRM, "info wants to be free", OSS support look like fools. I hope the FBI throws every one of them in jail.

BC

hackers are neat (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000549)

I hacked my school with a r00tkit. They are so 1ns3cure. They were running Windows 98 still!!!11.

Security should be very important, but it is not.

Interesting. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000550)

Wow, how very... mature.

... Wrong way... (5, Insightful)

BlueCup (753410) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000552)

... Personally, while I'm going to probably be voting the same way as these hackers come election day, I don't think this is at all the right way to go about things. If you disagree with someone or some groups actions/beliefs etc, the correct way to beat them is through logic, presenting better arguments, getting a higher listing on google... what these people are doing is much closer to censorship. "We disagree with these people so we aren't going to let them speak" It's also a mistake to believe that every person that's going there is going to be convinced. I know that I have in the past gone to a political candidates website and after reading their beliefs found that I don't match up as closely to them as I previously thought... To me this is just a bunch of script kiddies trying to get attention, and going at something with as little thought as they're used to giving to their actions.

Childish (3, Insightful)

StevenHenderson (806391) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000554)

Honestly, though...not to troll, but what are we accomplishing here? As Democrats, or Bush-opponents or whatever, what do they expect to gain? It just seems desperate to need to gag a website to self-serve your own agenda. Why not post a different site with information on why NOT to vote Republican if thats what you believe? Too easy and civil I guess?

Hacktivists, nothing more... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000556)

Nothing to see here. Move along.

SPIN! (2, Interesting)

MandoSKippy (708601) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000576)

I see massive spin by the Bush camp. Just like there is the conspiracy theorist in me who thinks the Bush camp is hoping for a terrorist event (or the capture of Bin Landen the week before the election)(Which makes you think.. does the Bush camp already have Bin Laden, and they are just holding him quietly until it's closer to the election?) Anywho.. .The terrorist event would (in their eyes) unite the nation behind the leader again. This makes me worried. Put that into prespective with this website DDOSing and then you have think that they will use this as an example of people they are fighting and how they are trying to hinder free speech, and the great nations form of polictal will. They will turn it as a favaorable thing for themselves... and any thing that helps Bush makes me sick :(

Please remember (5, Insightful)

dmayle (200765) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000580)

Please remember, being anti-Bush does not make one a Democrat, and let's not let the actions of a few unsavory individuals tarnish the reputation of everyone who wants Bush out of office.

This is just like when the media focused on the SCO/spam worms and claimed that linux evangelists were out to destroy the company.

Drain GOP coffers--order free propaganda DVD! (0, Offtopic)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000588)

If you want to make the Republican National Committee spend money needlessly, and deplete their supply of propaganda, just order one of their propaganda DVDs HERE [kerryoniraq.com]

PS...It's Free to you, but costs the GOP $$$ (0, Offtopic)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000625)

help yourself!

Whoops (1)

onthefenceman (640213) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000591)

Hopefully the Black Hat Hackers Bloc won't have used the same server to launch the DOS attack as is hosting their website...

Talk about plain dumb (2, Insightful)

nberardi (199555) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000595)

This is going to be widely reported if this "acutally" happens and it is just going to be a detrament to the republican opponents. Because this does look like political terrorism, and who will they associate with this. I will tell you who the Democratic Party, and the DNC and Kerry will come out looking like terrorist that can't actually win on the issues. Instead they have to resort to gorrilla war-fare inorder to win, just like many of the dictatorships around the world. (That last part was just a statement to prove a point I don't actually think these people are associated with Kerry or the DNC, but it is going to be very bad for Kerry in the election if this actually does happen.)

Sending a clear message (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000597)

Normally when the act of airing one's opinions is considered undesirable that only means that the opposition is weak in principle. Go ask a Nazi or a Red.

Basically the 'hackers' attacking the GOP seem to be of the opinion that the GOP sucks but Kerry doesn't stand a chance of winning based on his own merits versus those of GWB. Kinda sad when you have no faith in your own convictions.

Voting (1)

zeotherm (698238) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000598)

Why not use the system and vote to make yourself heard? Not be a bunch of hypcrite who bitch, and try to silence the dissenting opinon. Use the power you have. If you don't like how things are run in America, then change them. You have to power, through the Democracy. - ZT

This stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000603)

Ok this seems really really childish. In your country(I'm canadain) even if you don't like them or there view points. They do have the right to say what they are going to say. And come on by DoSing their website, just how childish are you. I think there are better was to go about it. This is just stupid!! next story. O btw were can I dl the "tool" ;)

"Black Hat Hackers Bloc" (2, Insightful)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000604)

Sounds like a bunch of '1337 haX0rs to me. Or a bunch of 14 year olds in someone's attic. Seriously, would a real hacker a) reveal his plans, or b) draw attention to himself using 5kr1pt k1dd13s to DDOS a Republican website? The real hackers are the ones who, right now, are stealing your credit card number, and turning poorly maintained servers into warez servers.

Excellent idea! (4, Insightful)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000607)

"They think we're just a bunch of anarchistic, anti free speech, long hair freaks, who have nothing good to say. They think that we can't win on the merits of our own platform. They think that all we're interested in is making a scene, rather than coming up with constructive, workable ideas.

Let's prove it to 'em!"

bad idea (1)

opencity (582224) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000610)

This skill set isn't very rarified so chances are all the teams have it.

Kind of like poison gas in a war. Why be the first to get this started. During the 2000 fiasco there were online polls that were being stuffed. yawn

If you want to fight the current regeme, go to Flordia and help the elderly black people get past the inevitable police cordons.
Or if you have super skills hack Diebold and give all Ohio's votes to 'Nobody' or uh ... Cowboy Neil.

CrimethInc (5, Interesting)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000626)

If memory serves, this was the asshat who got escorted out of a panel he was giving at Defcon once his talk started to descend into advocating violent action against the RNC.

3 Wrongs make a Left (4, Insightful)

grunt107 (739510) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000630)

Once again the 'noble' hacker is committing crime - my hero!!!

Intentions aside, people like these need to be removed from society, for they are no better than the ill they wish to remove.

If you want to change a wrong, campaign (marketing) for the change, and VOTE!! Don't commit crimes and then say it was all in the name of justice.

This is like the 'peace' protestors that assault the police or destroy other's property, or the abortion activist murdering a doctor or pro-choicer.

It's time to start skimming the gene pool...

very bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000631)

Power struggles make the power between the players flip and flop for hundreds of reasons. If hackers do vandalism when the power flops back over to the ones that were hit then they'll put measures in place that ruin it for the rest of us.

well, naturally. (1, Funny)

arudloff (564805) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000640)

Ever since Al Gore created the internet, 31337 h4x0rs every where have hated the GOP.

Republicans Must be Gaining Support (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000648)

Suppression of information is the last gasp of the side in trouble.

Oh, and by the way, remember this when you hear about how Republicans are facists and the Democrats are all about free-speech. What a load of crap.

Good job! [/sarcasm] (1)

The Chaotician (64066) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000651)

Way to subvert democracy.
Congratulations on stifling free speech.
Kudos on the hypocrisy.

Giving the GOP a giant gift (4, Insightful)

Featureless (599963) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000652)

I've seen the increasing drumbeat of anti-GOP protestors everywhere, clearly building towards a childish orgy of vandalism and street violence. It is monumentally naive.

The GOP occupation of NYC is not just designed to exploit 9/11. It is a careful and deliberate attempt to provoke protest. Preferably large, frightening, unruly protest. The more masturbatory rage they can stir up in the city, the louder they'll be laughing on their way back to the white house.

This election will be won with moderates and swing voters. Those are people like your parents. They will not identify with "CrimethInc" and "scruffy, unattractive" street protestors. They will see this event covered from inside the convention looking out.

Every act of violence, provocation, and unruly or disorderly behavior will scare those moderates right into the GOP's arms. Whether it be showing up on 6th Ave. with a mask and a shield, or DDOS'ing a GOP website, this kind of bad conduct is exactly what Republican strategists urgently want. And it will hand them the election on a silver platter.

Don't be a goddamn lemming. Save your "violence" for the voting booth!

How is this bad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000667)

This doesn't seem any worse than when people in California jammed up the streets in protest of the war not so long ago.

They made themselves heard by basically pissing off a bunch of motorists just trying to get home for the evening.

At least this "protest" won't heavily interfere with the day-to-day lives of the average citizen.

Click for cash (2, Funny)

pigreco314 (194375) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000670)

Think GOP's going to subscribe to some Click for Cash program...

Once again..Typical libs... (1)

MindSlap (640263) | more than 10 years ago | (#10000673)

From the so-called defenders of 'tolorance' and Free speech comes the wacky left to squash the voices of others.

Its only free-speech if its liberal free speech.

Kinna reminds me of UNFIT FOR COMMAND.
Rather than addressing the points in the book, the Kerry camp attacks the 'messenger' as well as pressuring TV station not to run the Swifties ads against Kerry.
(He's already been thoughly nailed on the Christmas in Cambodia 'story' that was 'seared into his brain'...)
Like I've always said, Never let the facts get in the way of the liberals...

I dont live and die by Karma.
I live in reality
So..All you liberals...MOD AWAY!
It will make you feel good mod'ing down an conservative...
(Gee..this post should net me a -37 !!!)

And this proves what, exactly? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10000674)

That these idiots just make everyone else look bad? Congrats, you've just given Asscroft all the ammo he needs to take over all comminucations so asshats like you can't fuck it up for the rest.
Next time, set yourself on fire in public, it will make a better impact.
And for the record, I'm a registered Dem.
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