Disgruntled bosses are attacking anarchist hosting - again

Since 19th of July, Russian anho.org (shorthand for "Anarchist Hosting")
has been targeted with a DDoS - attack. Since then, numerous activist
website
s have been unaccessible - including Indymedia-Siberia and various
anarchist groups (Autonomous Action of Kazan, Autonomous Action of
Irkutsk, Inter-Professional Union of Workers etc.). Main goal of the
attackers is antijob.anho.org - website, committed to defence of workers
against employers. This project includes popular feature "black list of
employers" http://antijob.anho.org/black_list/, where workers are
reporting problematic employers.

Submitted by S2W on July 25, 2011

Since 19th of July, Russian anho.org (shorthand for "Anarchist Hosting") has been targeted with a DDoS - attack. Since then, numerous activist websites have been unaccessible - including Indymedia-Siberia and various anarchist groups (Autonomous Action of Kazan, Autonomous Action of Irkutsk, Inter-Professional Union of Workers etc.). Main goal of the attackers is antijob.anho.org - website, committed to defence of workers against employers. This project includes popular feature "black list of
employers" http://antijob.anho.org/black_list/, where workers are reporting problematic employers.

Founders of the Antijob-website are contacted almost by weekly basis with "benefical propositions" with offers of money, as well as with threat - all from side of the bosses. Obviously, all these offers have been left without a reply.

Now bosses, who may not tolerate public scrutiny, organised a DDoS-attack. Concept of the DDoS attack is that a virus is spread to thousands of computers somewhere in Souther Asia, or other continent. Then, after an order "from the center", infested computer began to send requeries to server of the Antijob-website. Website may not handle all the traffic, and falls down.

We managed to track down the botnet attacking us - it is ArmageddoN DDoS Botnet, which offers services with a starting price of 1500 dollars, and extra 10 dollars for each bot. That means, employers spent at least 2000 dollars in order to get antijob website down.

Last attack took place half a year before - back then, it was Moscow-based IT company "Prime Lab", practices of which were reported in Antijob, who was behind the attack. But this effort was not much of use for the company - eventually it collapsed, and employers whom Antijob website had supported, gathered their wage arrears in form of material property of the collapsing company (details of the story in Russian here http://avtonom.org/node/14325 and here http://avtonom.org/node/14122)

And it will go like that with everyone attacking us!

Collective of antijob.anho.org

source:
https://avtonom.org/en/news/disgruntled-bosses-are-attacking-anarchist-hosting-again

Comments

akai

12 years 10 months ago

In reply to by libcom.org

Submitted by akai on July 27, 2011

Antijob plays an important role in disseminating information about bad employers, which is of course why they attack it. Here the employers usually try to be more subtle and get people to write fake messages on forums where workers are complaining. One time one company was stupid and didn't realize we were seeing their corporate IP, we had a real laugh.

ZSP gets threatening letters from bosses all the time. The latest related to letters written by employees in the Worst Boss of the Year contest. Many employees from one chain of bookshops submitted their company as a candidate over the last two years. The company, without being specific, just claim that their employees are lying and threaten to sue us.

I guess the bosses can get pretty scared of antijob and similar sites.