DDoS Tool Heads to Android

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 04:02 PM gHale

The Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) is popular among hackers that want to take down a certain website and now there is a version designed for Android users.

The tool first appeared via Anonymous Argentina as the hacktivists urged their supporters to download the application to aid their cause, McAfee researchers said.

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The developers didn’t start this WebLOIC for Android from the ground up. They simply ported the web application using a free online service that creates Android apps from a URL or a piece of HTML code.

Created to aid Anonymous in OpArgentina, the LOIC for Android went out in a hurry; they didn’t even resize the page to fit the screen of a smartphone.

Researchers to determine they programmed it to send 1,000 HTTP requests with one of the parameters being the message “We are LEGION.”

McAfee identified this tool as Android/DIYDoS and cataloged it as being a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

“Because the application’s purpose is simply to display any website on an Android system, we classify this hack tool a potentially unwanted program,” McAfee Labs Malware Researcher Carlos Castillo said.

Another reason why this tool is a PUP is because of prior reports where the hacktivists tried to dupe unsuspecting Internet users into clicking on links that led to a version of web LOIC that automatically sent large numbers of packets toward a designated target.

DOS tools such as LOIC have become popular not only among hackers, but also among regular users who support their causes.

The best example for this is the massive attacks that took place following the Megaupload closure. At the time, reports revealed more than 5,000 individuals used these automated tools to launch attacks against the FBI, RIAA, the U.S. Department of Justice and many others.

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