#OpGlobalBlackOut – Can Anonymous shutdown the Internet?

I was strolling in twitter last night, reading tweets of random people about random stuff. One tweet caught my attention. A tweet from @Pastebin said that March 31 will be interesting. Clicking the link; what I read on the paste is pretty interesting indeed.

The Anonymous, a hacktivist collective, is planning to shutdown the Internet on March 31. They called this #OpGlobalBlackOut. It’s purpose is to protest SOPA, Wallstreet, the irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun.

“The greatest enemy of freedom is a happy slave.”

Though they can’t literally shutdown the Internet itself, they can make it ‘look like’ it. The plan is to attack the 13 root DNS servers (listed on the paste) and DoS them. End-users of the Internet cannot perform a domain look-up if they are down, thus shutting down the Internet.

  1. 198.41.0.4
  2. 192.228.79.201
  3. 192.33.4.12
  4. 128.8.10.90
  5. 192.203.230.10
  6. 192.5.5.241
  7. 192.112.36.4
  8. 128.63.2.53
  9. 192.36.148.17
  10. 192.58.128.30
  11. 193.0.14.129
  12. 199.7.83.42
  13. 202.12.27.33

The technique to attack is well explained on the paste. Yes, you can participate. Yes, it is not guaranteed safe.

You can join the discussion through #OpGlobalBlackOut

“He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”
– Benjamin Franklin