10 Jan 2013

Anonymous Submits US Petition for Legalizing Distributed Denial-of-Service

Comparing distributed denial-of-service attacks with the Occupy movement, Anonymous posted a petition to President Obama asking DDoS attacks to be recognized as a legal form of protest in which users can participate online, instead of standing outside a building.

Posting it on the White House's "We the People" website, it needs to raise over 25,000 votes before President Obama officially responds to it. Although it’s unclear who in the Anonymous organization posted the petition, it might gain traction if enough people vote for its approval.

“Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time,” reads the petition. “As part of this petition, those who have been jailed for DDoS should be immediately released and have anything regarding a DDoS, that is on their "records", cleared.”

With the Iranian government believed behind recent denial-of-service attacks on US banks, accepting this as a form of protest might not be in the US’s best interest.

Although Anonymous launch DDoS campaigns against the Syrian and the Israeli government in protest to some of their actions, the hacker group did promise that during 2013 they’ll continue with the same approach.