Jun 19, 2012

Tech Chop Tuesday: DoS Attack

New week, new Tech Chop. In this episode I wanted to show how easy it is to perform a Denial of Service attack on Bauer-Puntu Linux using Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC). If you don't know what that is, it's a GUI tool written in .NET that was originally designed for network stress testing, and is now the weapon of choice for the hacktivist group Anonymous.

Although LOIC is written in .NET, it is pre-installed on Bauer-Puntu 12.04 and runs with Mono, the Linux implementation of .NET. It works out pretty good.

If you want this attack to be effective, you need a few hundred to a few thousand people running this tool simultaneously. Don't think you will be able to take down "the man" all by yourself. Also, please don't try to run this tool against a government site from your house. That's just ignorant, and you WILL get arrested. It's best you just play with this tool in your own lab.

Anyway, check out the video:

So what do you think? Know of any other tools for performing network stress testing that is better than LOIC? What have you used? Let us know in the comments.

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