Since 19th of July, Russian anho.org (shorthand for "Anarchist Hosting")
has been targeted with a DDoS - attack. Since then, numerous activist
websites have been unaccessible - including Indymedia-Siberia and various
anarchist groups (Autonomous Action of Kazan, Autonomous Action of
Irkutsk, Inter-Professional Union of Workers etc.). Main goal of the
attackers is antijob.anho.org - website, committed to defence of workers
against employers. This project includes popular feature "black list of
employers" http://antijob.anho.org/black_list/, where workers are
reporting problematic employers.
Founders of the Antijob-website are contacted almost by weekly basis
with "benefical propositions" with offers of money, as well as with
threat - all from side of the bosses. Obviously, all these offers have
been left without a reply.
Now bosses, who may not tolerate public scrutiny, organised a
DDoS-attack. Concept of the DDoS attack is that a virus is spread to
thousands of computers somewhere in Souther Asia, or other continent.
Then, after an order "from the center", infested computer began to send
requeries to server of the Antijob-website. Website may not handle all
the traffic, and falls down.
We managed to track down the botnet attacking us - it is ArmageddoN DDoS
Botnet, which offers services with a starting price of 1500 dollars, and
extra 10 dollars for each bot. That means, employers spent at least 2000
dollars in order to get antijob website down.
Last attack took place half a year before - back then, it was
Moscow-based IT company "Prime Lab", practices of which were reported in
Antijob, who was behind the attack. But this effort was not much of use
for the company - eventually it collapsed, and employers whom Antijob
website had supported, gathered their wage arrears in form of material
property of the collapsing company (details of the story in Russian here
http://avtonom.org/node/14325 and here http://avtonom.org/node/14122)
And it will go like that with everyone attacking us!
Collective of antijob.anho.org