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Anonymous to launch Operation USA

Call for hack attacks conspicuously absent

Anonymous is interested in targeting industrial control systems, according to a recent bulletin by Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

But the authors say the hacktivists “have not demonstrated a capability to inflict damage to these systems, instead choosing to harass and embarrass their targets using rudimentary attack methods.” They do believe, though, that Anonymous has “the ability to impact aspects of critical infrastructure that run on common, Internet accessible systems (such as web-based applications and windows systems) by employing tactics such as denial of service.”

Surprisingly – or not – this latest issue of the NCCIC’s bulletin coincides with Anonymous’ announcement of a new protest campaign – Operation USA – scheduled for launch Oct. 22, the “Day of Justice”. It is interesting to note that the press release doesn’t mention any cyber attack, hacking operation or Web site defacement, but promotes “marches and demonstrations to be held nationwide” instead.

In the light of recent frictions within the group, will the factions operating under the same moniker support each other and continue the cyber attacks too?

Or not?

Safe surfing everybody!

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Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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