It was reported that “hacktivist” group Anonymous is planning to attacked the International Telecommunications Union website this weekend. ITU is the United Nations agency that is holding a meeting of 190 governments to talk about the political and commercial control of the Internet.
Control Over the Internet Causes Rage
Taking place in Dubai from December 3-14, the ITU-organized World Conference on International Telecommunications caused rage within Anonymous and the Blogosphere. That is after a Russian proposal was handed out, saying to give the control over the Internet to ITU.
However, industry pundits pointed out that such theory is less likely to happen. That’s because that move would require international consensus, and many countries would oppose such proposal.
On the other hand, ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure said that the organization will deal with business issues, such as changes in the way people pay for Internet services. They will also discuss ways to provide affordable access to billions of people worldwide who can’t go online.
Additionally, the gathering will also review the International Telecommunications Regulations that govern worldwide connectivity. However, various organizations still fear that the talks will only lead to increased censorship other steps that will stifle Internet freedom. In relation, Google has started gathering signatures online to oppose such actions.
The last ITU meeting took place 24 years ago, in 1988, when the Internet is still in its infancy.
Anticipating Anonymous Attacks and Hactivism Through the Ages
Discussions in online chat rooms used by Anonymous indicate that their members are planning to launch the cyber attack tomorrow. Morever, the group posted a YouTube video last week that denounces the ITU meeting.
They even warned the organization of “grave consequences” to human rights. On Wednesday, a small Anonymous group launched a Denial of Service (DoS) attack that took the ITU website temporarily.
Although the attack failed due to the website’s defenses, Radware Security Solutions Vice President Carl Herberger said Anonymous often test the tools it will use before launching a full-blown Distributed Denial of Service attack.
For the past years, hacktivisim was behind many online attacks against government and corporate websites. Kaspersky Lab predicted that the same thing will happen next year. Based on their latest security forecast:
Society’s increasing reliance on the Internet makes organizations of all kinds potentially vulnerable to attacks of this sort, so hacktivism looks set to continue into 2013 and beyond