Korean cyber-terrorists have announced their intent to launch a second wave of attacks aimed at forcing 2ch offline again, for reasons nobody is quite sure of, even as the FBI has begun investigating the previous incident as a criminal attack on a US enterprise.
The original “Just Terrorism Alliance” community which orchestrated the original attack gathered 110,000 members, but was eventually disbanded by Naver (after the attack).
However, Korean users simply restarted the community elsewhere under the marginally less threatening title of “The League of Patriots,” and immediately began plotting a new wave of attacks – this second assault is reportedly set to begin on the 6th of March.
The California-based hosting company subjected to the attack, BIG-server.com, is said to be cooperating with the FBI as its investigation gets underway.
Staff at BIG-server.com pointedly mention the 2008 case of a German accused of perpetrating attacks on an American enterprise – reportedly he was held for 2 years: “If criminal charges result from this, we might expect jail sentences in line with previous similar cases.”
With damages estimated at $2,500,000, they would undoubtedly be well within their rights to prosecute any attackers. Disruption to US government servers is also no laughing matter.
Koreans are predictably outraged at not being able to get away with forcing one of the largest sites in Japan offline:
“What the hell is up with us getting prosecuted by the US? Why are their servers in the US!?”
“Why does the FBI suddenly have to get involved?”
“There were said to be 30,000 people involved in the F5 attack. They can’t arrest us all!”
“The FBI won’t really do anything anyway.”
“They’re making it up!”
2ch is absolutely delighted at this whole turn of events
“The investigation’s already begun, nobody’s making anything up!”
“Serves you right, fools!”
“An ‘advanced IT nation’ which can’t even lookup an IP address…”
“Vowing to do it again in this situation, how stupid can you get?”
“They’ll be making up some conspiracy theory blaming this on a Japanese plot soon enough.”
“If they do it again I’d hope the FBI really goes after them hard.”
“Maybe the US would put up with this from China because of the trade connection, but not from some wretched little country.”
“’30,000 people involved in the F5 attack’ – I laughed.”
“Declaring a terrorist attack on the USA on 3/6 are they?”
An extradition treaty between the USA and Korea is in effect, meaning attack perpetrators could potentially face extradition to the US to face charges relating to “cyberterrorism” and computer crime.
A similar treaty is in effect between Korea and Japan, but given Japan’s pathetically supine approach to defending its interests few would expect Japan to actually do anything.
Korean media also speculates at the possibility of charges being brought domestically – attempting to hack Japanese sites is a crime even in Korea.
Small wonder then that the “patriotic” Korean cyber-criminals determined to suppress freedom of speech in neighbouring countries are now wondering if they may not have disastrously bitten off more than they can chew.