This is what a DDOS attack looks like. (The computer at the bottom represents the victim… which was gossip site and Europe’s e-shopping megastore this weekend).

DDOS Attack Depiction

Visualized DDOS Attack

Who initiated these DDOS attacks? Everyone seems to think it was these guys:

Anonymous Logo

Anonymous is an organization, which most publications call a “hacker group”, that describes themselves, in part, as a group that:
“[…] has left its mark on society more than once. Previous Anonymous projects have resulted in the closing of the white-supremacist radio show produced by Hal Turner, and the criminal prosecution of Canadian pedophile Chris Forcand. Anonymous has been called a “Cyber Vigilante Group” by The Toronto Sun and Global News”

Where did they come from. According to their site:
“Anonymous is a cultural phenomenon which began on internet image boards. Many such boards require no registration for posting, and every poster remains anonymous. This format of communication is inherently noisy and chaotic. However, the unprecedented openness made possible by such boards has nurtured the appearance of a unique and persistent culture. “

After attacking, shutting down, and stealing the private data on many large corporations’ servers over the past few weeks (including Visa, Gawker, Amazon, Mastercard, and Paypal) , they have issued this press release: Anonymous Press Release (12/10/2010)

An excerpt reads:
“Anonymous is not a group of hackers. We are average Interent Citizens ourselves and our
motivation is a collective sense of being fed up with all the minor and major injustices we witness
every day.
We do not want to steal your personal information or credit card numbers. We also do not seek to
attack critical infrastructure of companies such as Mastercard, Visa, PayPal or Amazon. Our current
goal is to raise awareness about WikiLeaks and the underhanded methods employed by the above
companies to impair WikiLeaks’ ability to function.”

So, what is Anonymous? Well, what do you think about them?
I think by their very name, they are just that.

What will happen next?
When attempts that Anonymous perceive as “de-democratizing the internet” or something of that nature, what happened to Amazon and Gawker will happen again. The victim companies will beef up security, but they are competing against a force that breathes 0s and 1s… And those companies just speak the language.
We’ll see what happens.