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The loosely organized hackers of Anonymous don't just launch distributed denial-of-service attacks for the lulz. They do it to send a message, which is why they've petitioned the Obama administration to recognize DDoS as a legal form of protest.
The petition, which was filed on the White House's We the People website, argues that DDoS "is not a form of hacking in any way" and that it's really not much different than repeatedly hitting the refresh button in your web browser....
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.
Not all such attacks are launched for similarly high-minded reasons, however, and given the recent spate of cyberattacks on US banks – which are now believed to have been orchestrated by the Iranian government – this petition is unlikely win much sympathy from the White House.
Not to mention the small problem that the We the People site seems to have become a favorite forum for pranks and jokes. Recent oddball petitions have included one request to build a real-life Death Star, and another to remake the American justice system in Judge Dredd's image.
Originally posted by CaticusMaximus
reply to post by Maxmars
Well corporations are "people" and money is "free speech", so why not DDoSes?
Originally posted by Infi8nity
Most of the time they are ATTACKS against individuals because Anonymous does not agree with what the individual has done.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I find it interesting that someone - claiming to be Anonymous - initiated this 'petition.'
Considering that there is no recognizable "person" requesting this consideration, how can it be addressed?