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Adapting To The Age Of Anonymous

  1. 1. Adapting to the Age of Anonymous SOURCE Barcelona - November 17, 2011 Joshua Corman Director of Security Intelligence @joshcorman http://cognitivedissidents.wordpress.com/ ©2011 Akamai
  2. 2. About Joshua Corman Director of Security Intelligence for Akamai Technologies •Former Research Director, Enterprise Security [The 451 Group] •Former Principal Security Strategist [IBM ISS] Industry Experience •Expert Faculty: The Institute for Applied Network Security (IANS) •2009 NetworkWorld Top 10 Tech People to Know •Co-Founder of “Rugged Software” www.ruggedsoftware.org Things I’ve been researching •Compliance vs Security •Disruptive Security for Disruptive Innovations •Chaotic Actors •Espionage •Security Metrics 2 ©2011 Akamai
  3. 3. Agenda • Understanding Anonymous in under 7 minutes • Deconstructing Anonymous • Adapting to Anonymous • Building a Better Anonymous? ©2011 Akamai
  4. 4. Understanding Anonymous: The Rise of the Chaotic Actor Joshua Corman @joshcorman Director of Security Intelligence Akamai Technologies 2011 FlashTalks powered by PechaKucha ©2011 Akamai
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  7. 7. Paradox Slide/Deliberate Disinformation ©2011 Akamai
  8. 8. http://www.csoonline.com/article/682511/the-rise-of-the-chaotic-actor-understanding-anonymous-and-ourselves ©2011 Akamai
  9. 9. Some men just want to see the world burn… 9 ©2011 Akamai
  10. 10. Lots & Lots of Anonymous Sects 10 ©2011 Akamai
  11. 11. Your Headline Here (in Title Caps) 11 ©2011 Akamai
  12. 12. You Choose Your Own Level of Involvement 12 ©2011 Akamai
  13. 13. Anonymous* Unmasked? [*Alleged] ©2011 Akamai
  14. 14. You Choose Your Own Level of Involvement 14 ©2011 Akamai
  15. 15. You Choose Your Own Level of Involvement 15 ©2011 Akamai
  16. 16. Escalation? 16 ©2011 Akamai
  17. 17. Anomalous Anonymous? 17 ©2011 Akamai
  18. 18. False Flags: Adaptive Persistent Adversaries “Anonymous is God’s gift to the Chinese” – CISO ©2011 Akamai
  19. 19. Cyber-Neo-McCarthyism I am not now… …nor have I ever been… …a member of Anonymous. ©2011 Akamai
  20. 20. Building a Better Anonymous… 20 ©2011 Akamai
  21. 21. Building a Better Anonymous… 21 ©2011 Akamai
  22. 22. The easy answers Suggested Background ©2011 Akamai
  23. 23. Joshua Corman @joshcorman 23 ©2011 Akamai
  24. 24. Agenda • Understanding Anonymous in under 7 minutes • Deconstructing Anonymous • Adapting to Anonymous • Building a Better Anonymous? ©2011 Akamai
  25. 25. PANEL: Whoever Fights Monsters… ©2011 Akamai
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  30. 30. Operation Payback (Anonymous Takes Center Stage) August-December 2010 Initial Targets • MPAA • RIAA • Intellectual Property Offices In December, switched to WikiLeaks “defense” • Financial services: PayPal, Mastercard, Visa • Public personas: Lieberman, Palin • Others: Lawyers, security researchers Stats: • 1k-3k attackers in IRC • 1500 copies of LOIC in Hivemind (# in IRC/2) • 1.5 Gbps peak attack traffic (# in IRC/2) • 750 Mbps sustained traffic (# in IRC/4) ©2011 Akamai
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  34. 34. Discussion ©2011 Akamai
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  39. 39. http://cognitivedissidents.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/an-anonymous-ink-blot-rorschach/ “An Anonymous Ink Blot Rorschach” What do you see in the Anonymous Ink Blot ? BRAND POLLUTION ©2011 Akamai
  40. 40. BRAND POLLUTION ©2011 Akamai
  41. 41. BRAND POLLUTION ©2011 Akamai
  42. 42. False Cover: Criminal and State Actors “Anonymous is God’s gift to the Chinese” – CISO ©2011 Akamai
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  44. 44. Agenda • Understanding Anonymous in under 7 minutes • Deconstructing Anonymous • Adapting to Anonymous • Building a Better Anonymous? ©2011 Akamai
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  49. 49. DDoS is Legion 74% of surveyed companies experienced one or more DDoS attacks in the past year, 31% of these attacks resulting in service disruption.1 1 Forrester Research ©2011 Akamai
  50. 50. Some of my data 600 • Typical Attack Size: 3-10 Gbps 500 • Large Attack Size: 100-200 Gbps 400 Number of Attacks • Attacks are originating from all geographies and are moving between geographies 300 during the attack 200 100 0 2009 2010 2011 ©2011 Akamai
  51. 51. July 4th – 7th 2009 DDoS Attack 400,000 Korean Bots Attack Key U.S. Government Web Sites Times Above Agency – PROTECTED Peak Traffic Normal Traffic U.S. Government Customer 1 124 Gbps 598x U.S. Government Customer 2 32 Gbps 369x U.S. Government Customer 3 9 Gbps 39x U.S. Government Customer 4 9 Gbps 19x U.S. Government Customer 5 2 Gbps 9x U.S. Government Customer 6 1.9 Gbps 6x New U.S. Government Customer 0.7 Gbps SITE DOWN before Akamai ©2011 Akamai
  52. 52. Agenda • Understanding Anonymous in under 7 minutes • Deconstructing Anonymous • Adapting to Anonymous • Building a Better Anonymous? ©2011 Akamai
  53. 53. Agenda ©2011 Akamai
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  59. 59. Discussion ©2011 Akamai
  60. 60. Thank You! Barcelona, November 17, 2011 Joshua Corman @joshcorman http://cognitivedissidents.wordpress.com/ ©2011 Akamai

Editor's Notes

  • Rorschach Test: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rorschach_testWe see in Anonymous what we WANT to see.. We project. Our perceptions say more about us than they do about the multitude of subgroups/causes in Anonymous.
  • There isn’t AN anonymous either… there are dozens.It is more of a franchise than an Organization.
  • http://www.csoonline.com/article/682511/the-rise-of-the-chaotic-actor-understanding-anonymous-and-ourselves
  • Family Tree IMG SOURCE: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XS0av6GQlIE/TheLlBBprTI/AAAAAAAAAIU/f6aABTtPyVE/s1600/tree.jpg
  • Operation Payback – LOIC-ers
  • IMG Source: http://eandres.glogster.com/Whitchhunt-/
  • IMG SOURCE: http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Leviathan_41513#img9Two logical outcomes…A Hobbes-ian Leviathan will rise… to police the brand – borne of necessity and convenienceThe Brand will be contaminated and the MoralAnons will fleeThis is Social Contract Theory 101 stuff…Hobbes: The State of Nature is a State of War…Locke: The State of Nature is a State of Inconvenience…
  • IMG SOURCE: http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Leviathan_41513#img9Two logical outcomes…A Hobbes-ian Leviathan will rise… to police the brand – borne of necessity and convenienceThe Brand will be contaminated and the MoralAnons will fleeThis is Social Contract Theory 101 stuff…Hobbes: The State of Nature is a State of War…Locke: The State of Nature is a State of Inconvenience…
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