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Sincerest Form of Flattery? Well, I Guess So.

Sincerest Form of Flattery? Well, I Guess So.

“It’s better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation.” Melville
Let’s talk a little bit about motivation. I’ll start with my own. Nearly six years ago I noticed (before they invaded social media) that Jihadists were leveraging the internet via forums hosted by themselves on their own servers, to radicalize & recruit a homegrown threat. This got under my skin and I wanted to do what I could to disrupt their activities. That was my motivation, I was pretty successful, nobody had previously gone down this path.
How cute, another imitator.
While some of my actions over the years have generated some media interest, this was never my primary goal. As I keep saying ‘fame is lightning, you can no more seek it out than you can avoid it’, and I can assure you I turn down far more interviews than I accept and there’s a slew of journalists out there that can attest to this.

So last week, somebody linked me to an article about ‘A single hacker is taking down racist and homophobic sites one by one’ by @Epro over at Venturebeat (again). I’d like to point out that the subject of the article who goes by @SgtBilko420 on Twitter, has (surprise surprise) started trying to whack ISIS sites too. Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m all for disrupting the bad guys – as long as that’s the actual motivation. Make no mistake, these kids don’t understand or believe in any of their stated ’causes’, their ’causes’ are just excuses. They are just looking for press attention. I decided to take a quick look at what this kid was up to.

Here’s an example of one of his numerous tweets…
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Hmm what’s that you say? ‘TANGO DOWN’ huh? Islamic State Site huh? Sounds familiar. It’s also worth noting 99.99% of this kids ‘targets’ are still online right now, and in some cases he’s hit a site nothing to do with ISIS/Jihad purely because it’s an Arabic language site. Research doesn’t seem to be his strong suite. A quick look at this boys’ Twitter timeline will pretty much tell you all you need to know about this kid and what he’s all about. As I was perusing it, I noticed some friendly interactions with some of my lamest trolls, so I had a quick look at who he follows, and yes, as I suspected, it’s crawling with ‘Anonymous’ accounts:
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It’s not the first time these fools have tried to emulate me. In fact I wrote a light-hearted open letter to Twitter requesting verification and explaining my reasoning a couple years ago. Anyhoo, I decided to send the author of the Venturebeat article a little prod via Twitter, just to remind him that this isn’t something new as per:
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Now this is where I’ll circle back to motivations, true colors, maturity. I guess @SgtBilko420 didn’t take too kindly to me pointing this out, not long after he was told I’d pointed out that he is a cheap, classless imitation, with questionable motivations, he decided to attack my blog site and tweet about it too:
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Pretty dumb move, brainiac.
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On a moral compass level, it shows us this kid is an ego-inflated skid with a playground mentality we’ve seen time and again over the years. ‘That guys bigger than me, I must destroy him to become him’. And his timeline on Twitter reflects all that. But there’s a technical aspect to his blatant fuckery. In attacking my site, and taking it down VERY TEMPORARILY, he gave me the opportunity and just enough time to see what he was up to, snag a nice basket of PCAPs, and observe exactly how much of a skid he is. He’s a DDoSer (as opposed to a DoSer) running a stresser botnet. They require no skill to use and around $50 bucks will will buy you access to one from one of the many criminals that sell them. They are made up of 1000’s of malware infected machines. More specifically – “A botnet (also known as a zombie army) is a number of Internet computers that, although their owners are unaware of it, have been set up to forward transmissions (including spam or viruses) to other computers on the Internet.”
He essentially piggybacks off the criminally inclined skill of some, and the misfortune of many.
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This approach is completely different to the way I have achieved results in the past, and shows what skill-less nobody this little dork is. But hey thanks for the logs kid.
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Within a very short space of time I deployed additional countermeasures and ramped up my Cloudflare security settings, and lo, my site came back up, and so far, it’s staying up. I’m sure once he reads this he’ll apply some Preparation H to his chapped ass and have another crack at taking it offline. As you can see, I’m not too concerned. More logs please.
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Another day, another potato. I guess. Yawn. Parrots mimic their owners.  Justsayin.
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Oh and I urge you to have a chuckle at his Twitter timeline. It’s fucking hilarious. No class.
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Peace.
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