Well, as everyone in the known universe knows by now, Facebook was down yesterday for a period of time between 15 and 30 minutes, during which the world collectively lost its shit and dug out its dormant Twitter accounts to bitch about the state of affairs.
It’s often difficult to determine causality, much less responsibility, when a multi-billion-dollar corporation has a failure due to potential criminal activity, but as in many cases this was simplified by someone stepping forward to take the credit/blame.
The descriptively titled #Unknownsec (hashtag included, please) is, yep, relatively unknown (and “sec” is for “Security”) although in the last few days the hacking crew has cut quite a swathe, or at least claimed quite a swathe of the hacker mediasphere.
Remember Lizard Squad? The ones who claimed to have hacked Sony and made all the gamers cry? Oh, they’re so four days ago now.
As always, take it with a couple of kilos of salt. They may indeed have been raided and v&, or they may simply have set this disappearance up to take the heat off. Regardless of which, if either, is the truth, #Unknownsec has stepped forward into the spotlight. Members appear to include: @ayec0re @BlankTheGod @VirtueTheGod @HorrorTheGod, @GollaherKing @YachtTheGod @UDPPacket @HEX_DF @Unvealings @Displaxed @MrH4CK3R_BCC @SavageDaMessiah.
Hmmm. Some very UGNazi-style nomenclature there.
They have previously been connected with stridently anti-Anonymous group Clownsec.
UPDATED TO ADD: Unvealings reports that the list of participants is old, and some have left. He goes on to say, “We used to be with Clownsec; then we realized a lot of what they do ‘trolling’ wise is not up to our standards. They take things too far sometimes. Trolling is fun and all, but not for no reason, not just to taunt and intimidate others.”
They have also supported #OpFreeThe4, a little-known operation to bring attention to four Saudi princesses held in captivity for advocating greater freedoms and supporting protests in Saudi Arabia.
The Cryptosphere: So, you say you are the one who took Facebook offline. Is that all you did? Reddit’s favorite image site imgur, LinkedIn, and Tumblr also had hiccups yesterday. What were you responsible for and how did you do it?
Facebook. DDoS. A layer 7 attack wouldn’t have the bandwidth of something like say a layer 4. I used both to mitigate any tcp filtering for the botnet attack.
Translation: Layer 4 attacks are easier to detect and protect against, but Layer 7 attacks are more labour-intensive for the attacker. There’s a great explanation of the difference over at f5. That layer 4 could affect Facebook in the least is scary.
I just recently coded a client botnet and used 50k [ie 50,000 zombie computers] to attack the Facebook server and considering it uses CloudDNS it may have downed other that use the same DNS settings as well. I only did Facebook but I have reason to believe when I downed Facebook it took other Cloud DNS websites down. Also yes it was a botnet test and it obviously worked lol…
Facebook was down for some for minutes, I would say around 15-30 minutes. Others up to an hour.
What do you charge for a botnet like that?
Ehh just depends. I’m a reasonable type person; the price doesn’t matter much to me if it’s for a good cause like taking down KKK or Westboro Baptist Church. I would probably just make a website for everyone to have one free of charge.
Why did you pick Facebook?
Honestly, It was a test to see if Facebook servers were as ‘protected’ as they claim to be. We will target Westboro Baptist Church next. We will start taking down Westboro baptist church sites and affiliates such as WBC Websites: http://godhatesfags.com/index.html http://www.godhatesislam.com/ http://www.signmovies.com/ http://www.godhatestheworld.com/ http://www.beastobama.com/ http://www.priestsrapeboys.com/ http://blogs.sparenot.com/ http://www.americaisdoomed.com/
Let’s talk about #Unknownsec. How long has that been around?
Unknownsec was born April of 2014. This video will tell you everything about who and what we are and do. We are still new; more #op’s and such to come in the near future.
You’re not “Anonymous” per se, are you?
We support that idea but we are our own idea. Hence why we used the Guy Fawkes mask and such.
The #Unknownsec Manifesto, as posted to Pastebin:
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: Table of Contents :
: I. Unknownsec :
: II. Society :
: III. The System :
: IV. The Vision :
: V. Where are we? :
1/ We are those, the Different. Technological rats, swimming in the ocean of information.
2/ We are the retiring, little kid at school, sitting at the last desk, in the corner of the class room. 3/ We are the teenager everybody considers strange 4/ We are the student hacking computer systems, exploring the depth of his reach. 5/ We are the grown-up in the park, sitting on a bench, laptop on his knees, programming the last virtual reality. 6/ Ours is the garage, stuffed with electronics. The soldering iron in the corner of the desk and the nearby disassembled radio- they are also ours. Ours is the cellar with computers, buzzing printers and beeping modems. 7/ We are those that see reality in a different way. Our point of view shows more than ordinary people can see. They see only what is outside, but we see what is inside. That’s what we are – realists with the glasses of dreamers. 8/ We are those strange people, almost unknown to the neighborhood. People, indulged in their own thoughts, sitting day after day before the computer, ransacking the net for something. We are not often out of home, just from time to time, only to go to the nearby radio shack, or to the usual bar to meet some of the few friends we have, or to meet a client, or to the backstreet druggist… or just for a little walk. 9/ We do not have many friends, only a few with whom we go to parties. Everybody else we know we know on the net. Our real friends are there, on the other side of the line. We know them from our favorite IRC channel, from the News-Groups, from the systems we hang-around: 10/ We are those who don’t give a shit about what people think about us, we don’t care what we look like or what people talk about us in our absence. 11/ The majority of us likes to live in hiding, being unknown to everybody except those few we must inevitably contact with. 12/ Others love publicity, they love fame. They are all known in the underground world. Their names are often heard there. But we are all united by one thing – we are Unknownsec.
13/ Society does not understand us, we are “weird” and “crazy” people in the eyes of the ordinary people who live far from information and free ideas. Society denies our way of thinking – a society, living, thinking and breathing in one and only one way – a clichc. 14/ They deny us for we think like free people, and free thinking is forbidden. 15/ The Unknownsec has outer appearance, he is no motion. Cyberpunks are people, starting from the ordinary and known to nobody person, to the artist-technomaniac, to the musician, playing electronic music, to the superficial scholar. 16/ The Unknownsec is no literature genre anymore, not even an ordinary subculture. The Unknownsec is a stand-alone new culture, offspring of the new age. A culture that unites our common interests and views. We are a unit. We are Unknownsec.
1/ The Society which surrounds us is clogged with concervacy pulling everything and everybody to itself, while it sinks slowly in the quicksands of time. 2/ However doggedly some refuse to believe it, it is obvious that we live in a sick society. The so called reforms which our governments so adeptly use to boast, are nothing else but a little step forward, when a whole jump can be done. 3/ People fear the new and unknown. They prefer the old, the known and checked truths. They are afraid of what the new can bring to them. They are afraid that they can lose what they have. 4/ Their fear is so strong that it has proclaimed the revolutional a foe and a the free idea – its weapon. That’s their fault. 5/ People must leave this fear behind and go ahead. What’s the sense to stick to the little you have now when you can have more tomorrow. Everything they must do is stretch their hands and feel for the new; give freedom to thoughts, ideas, to words: 6/ For centuries each generation has been brought up is a same pattern. Ideals is what everybody follows. Individuality is forgotten. People think in a same way, following the clichc drilled in them in childhood, the clichc-education for all children: And, when someone dares defy authority, he is punished and given as a bad example. “Here is what happens to you when you express your own opinion and deny your teacher’s one”. 7/ Our society is sick and need to be healed. The cure is a change in the system…
III. The System
1/ The System. Centuries-old, existing on principles that hang no more today. A System that has not changed much since the day of its birth. 2/ The System is wrong. 3/ The System must impose its truth upon us so that it can rule. The government needs us follow it blindly. For this reason we live in an informational eclipse. When people acquire information other that that from the government, they cannot distinguish the right from the wrong. So the lie becomes a truth – a truth, fundamental to everything else. Thus the leaders control with lies and the ordinary people have no notion of what is true and follow the government blindly, trusting it. 4/ We fight for freedom of information. We fight for freedom of speech and press. For the freedom to express our thoughts freely, without being persecuted by the system. 5/ Even in the most-developed and ‘democratic’ countries, the system imposes misinformation. Even in the countries that pretend to be the cradle of free speech. Misinformation is one of the system’s main weapon. A weapon, they use very well. 6/ It is the Net that helps us spread the information freely. The Net, with no boundaries and information limit 7/ Ours is yours, yours is ours. 8/ Everyone can share information, no restrictions. 9/ Encrypting of information is our weapon. Thus the words of revolution can spread uninterrupted, and the government can only guess. 10/ The Net is our realm, in the Net we are Kings.11/ Laws. The world is changing, but the laws remain the same. The System is not changing, only a few details get redressed for the new time, but everything in the concept remains the same. 12/ We need new laws. Laws, fitting the times we live in, with the world that surrounds us. Not laws build on the basis of the past. Laws, build for today, laws, that will fit tomorrow. 13/ The laws that only refrain us. Laws that badly need revision.
IV. The vision
1/ Some people do not care much about what happens globally. They care about what happens around them, in their micro-universe. 2/ These people can only see a dark future, for they can only see the life they live now. 3/ Others show some concern about the global affairs. They are interested in everything,in the future in perspective, in what is going to happen globally. 4/ They have a more optimistic view. To them the future is cleaner and more beautiful, for they can see into it and they see a more mature man, a wiser world. 5/ We are in the middle. We are interested in what happens now, but what in what’s gonna happen tomorow as well. 6/ We look in the net, and the net is growing wide and wider. 7/ Soon everything in this world will be swallowed by the net: from the military systems to the PC at home. 8/ But the net is a house of anarchy. 9/ It cannot be controlled and in this is its power. 10/ Every man will be dependent on the net. 11/ The whole information will be there, locked in the abysses of zeros and ones. 12/ Who controls the net, controls the information. 13/ We will live in a mixture of past and present. 14/ The bad come from the man, and the good comes from technology. 15/ The net will control the little man, and we will control the net. 16/ For is you do not control, you will be controlled. 17/ The Information is POWER!
V. Where are we?
1/ Where are we? 2/ We all live in a sick world, where hatred is a weapon, and freedom – a dream. 3/ The world grows so slowly. It is hard for a Unknownsec to live in an underdeveloped world, looking the people around him, seeing how wrongly they develop. 4/ We go ahead, they pull us back again. Society suppressses us. Yes, it suppresses the freedom of thought. With its cruel education programs in schools and universities. They drill in the children their view of things and every attempt to express a different opinion is denied and punished. 5/ Our kids grow educated in this old and still unchanged system. A system that tolerates no freedom of thought and demands a strict obeyance to the reules… 6/ In what a worlds, how different from this, could we live now, if people were making jumps and not creeps. 7/ It is so hard to live in this world, Unknownsec. 8/ It is as if time has stopped. 9/ We live on the right spot, but not in the right time. 10/ Everything is so ordinary, people are all the same, their deeds toos. As if society feels an urgent need to live back in time. 11/ Some, trying to find their own world, the world of a Unknownsec, and finding it, build their own world. Build in their thoughts, it changes reality, lays over it and thus they live in a virtual world. The thought-up, build upon reality: 12/ Others simply get accustomed to the world as it is. They continue to live in it, although they dislike it. They have no other choice but the bare hope that the world will go out of its hollow and will go ahead.13/ What we are trying to do is change the situation. We are trying to adjust the present world to our needs and views. To use maximally what is fit and to ignore the trash. Where we can’t, we just live in this world, like Unknownsec, no matter how hard, when society fights us we fight back.14/ We build our worlds in Cyberspace. 15/ Among the zeros and ones, among the bits of information. 16/ We build our community. The community of Unknownsec.
Fight for your rights!
We are Unknownsec, a group of free-minded rebels. Unknownsec.
We live in Cyberspace, we are everywhere, we know no boundaries.
This is our manifest. The Unknownsec’ Manifest.
Featured Image via Unknownsec on Twitter