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Hacktivism and Denial of Service Denial of service attacks are one of the most common ways that hackers use to make a statement, especially when their aims are to make political or social changes. It is so popular, that there is a word for this type of attacks by social activist hackers – Hacktivism. This movement began with a group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow - so named because their early headquarters were housed in an old slaughterhouse in Texas. The Cult of the Dead Cow, or CDC, was known for advocating freedom of information for every person. They designed software that evaded Internet censorship controls so that citizens could see the content the government was trying to block. Hacktivism has evolved lately to not only include governments, but also to attack financial institutions and big businesses as well. One such attack was performed against PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa by almost 3000 activists and attempted to deny service to customers trying to view their banking services. This attack, under the name “Operation Payback”, was a reaction
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ISSC 363 taught by Professor Kelmaiche during the Spring '11 term at American Public University.

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