The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned the security community about potential attacks from Anonymous over the next few months demonstrating that the DHS is taking non-professional cyberattackers more seriously.
The recent bulletin from the DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center warned financial services companies to look out for Anonymous attackers attempting to solicit dissatisfied and sympathetic employees to the cause.
The collective has of recent utilized Twitter in attempts to persuade financial sector employees to surrender information and access to enterprise networks. Though the attempts have been unsuccessful thus far, “unwilling coercion through embarrassment or blackmail may be a risk to personnel,” the DHS bulletin warned.
The DHS also warns cybersecurity professionals of the new tools Anonymous and or Lulz may be using including a DDoS tool named #RefRef, supposedly capable of using the server’s own resources to launch a denial of service attack against itself, as well as Apache Killer, used to launch a similar attack against web servers.
Anonymous has announced three cyberattacks and civil protests including, “Occupy Wall Street,” scheduled for Sept. 17. The goal is to have 20,000 individuals gather on Wall Street in protest of various government policies. Additionally, the DHS warns of other scheduled attacks including one in October to be held in the Washington, D.C. National Mall marking the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan as well as an alleged Nov. 11 attack against Facebook and Project Mayhem scheduled for Dec. 21, 2012.