posted on Dec, 14 2014 @ 08:35 PM
DDoS is for skids. I would imagine if there were any large scale DDoS attacks underway it would be a fuzz for more penetrating attempts on critical
information storage. Knocking websites off line is easy if you have the botnet... governments like the US, UK, Russia, and China certainly have these
capabilities. For example, GCHQ DDoS'd AnonOps servers. A group called JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) took down the IRC while
implanting malware that would backtrace registered users in an attempt to identify them.
In terms of cyber attacks, Denial of Service comes in many forms and are pretty basic. If you understand even basic Python usages, you would be able
to achieve a pretty powerful DNS amplification/reflection attack in about 5 minutes of terminal time.
Scenarios? Is it possible that there is an international packet storm happening? Sure. Is it likely? IMO, i doubt that. What does seem more possible
is: A) US stress testing the grid... meaning sending packets at different parts of the internet to learn what happens and how people, businesses, web
sight owners/admins, and government responds. B) A group of skids sending packets for the lulz... C) North Korea has a stick up their butts about some
crappy movie, and decided to enlist some blackhats to jack the web around. D) Testing the abilities of services like Cloudflare.
A real cyber war scenario would probably look more like a firestorm. You would see critical infrastructure targets going down left and right. DOT,
LE, and critical government agencies would be at the top of that list... not seemingly random internet web sights over different backbones across the
edit on 14-12-2014 by AnonyMason because: sp