Feeds

'America's Most Wanted' site said DoS'ed after cyber-crime broadcast

Everyone's a critic

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

America's Most Wanted host John Walsh urged his viewers on Saturday night to help "take down" those responsible for the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks which briefly crippled numerous high-profile Web sites back in February.

The low-brow crime-busters show from Fox Television draws a large audience with its melodramatic and bloody crime re-enactments and psychobabbling criminal profiles. Walsh has even taken to the gimmick of introducing segments from within a moving helicopter to cultivate the illusion of his immediate response to the pleas of frustrated policemen throughout the nation.

This weekend's show included a typically overblown segment on cyber terrorism, during which Walsh fretted about fifteen-year-old DDoS suspect Mafiaboy while treating viewers to images of violently flattened buildings and a tank firing its gun in a (presumably Middle-Eastern) desert.

"Tonight let's take down some cyber terrorists," Walsh urged, and gave an account of the devastating ruin caused by the DDoS attacks.

The show's viewers are constantly reminded to rat on their neighbours by phoning tips via a toll-free line. "The FBI believes the [DDoS] hackers are bragging in chat rooms, so the same tool they use to attack may be the key to catching them," Walsh said.

The Register was not aware that IRC and Instant Messenger have the potential to launch retaliatory DDoS attacks. We learn something new every day.

Walsh also interviewed FBI Director Louis Freeh, who struggled visibly to maintain an air of dignity in spite of the situation, and NIPC Director Michel Vatis, whose demeanour towards Walsh was a good deal more indulgent and affable. Both men repeated their core messages regarding the devastating potential of cyber crime, which we have reported ad nauseum, so we'll just spare our readers another re-hash today.

Most interestingly, an AMW spokesman interviewed by SecurityFocus.com said that the show's Web site went off-line following the broadcast, though he couldn't explain why. "Maybe those hackers decided to punish us," he is quoted as saying.

Of course it could be a coincidence, but if not it will undoubtedly convince the programme's producers that malicious Script Kiddies really are in a league with Timothy McVeigh and Osama Bin Laden, a conviction towards which they already show strong inclinations. ®

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.