ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – Orlando, the home of Disney World and Universal Studios, is now squarely in the crosshairs of the hacker group known as Anonymous.

The group is angry over the arrest of the president of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry. Food Not Bombs’ leader was arrested for feeding the homeless without a permit. The arrest is the main factor drawing Anonymous’ wrath.

Anonymous is demanding McHenry’s freedom and will continue to attack sites until it gets what it wants from the city of Orlando.

The groups’ first target was the web site, http://www.orlandofloridaguide.com. The site is not affiliated with the city, but does encourage tourism to Orlando. But taking down the website is likely to be only the first in a series of attacks.

Anonymous said in its press release that everyday “we will launch a new DDoS on a different target.” A DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack is when a series of computers attack a single target with millions of messages. The flood of messages causes the site to shut down.

Anonymous’ first target didn’t go completely down, but was loading very slowly, which is likely due to Anonymous’ attack.

The group said that it will continue to e-mail millions of people in 50 countries to join its Boycott Orlando campaign. It also encouraged government and police employees to disclose wrongdoing to a leaks website that deals with local leaks.

Comments (2)
  1. George says:

    This Anonymous hacker group seems to mean business. Any advice as to how to tell if an emails comes from them, other than never open unauthorized emails? Not following links, open URLs inside the inbox but by going to the browser to check out point of origin? Hackers apparently do as they wish these days. Each one caught leaves countless others! Nothing precaution/protection appears sufficient. What about companies like those affiliated with sites like Facebook getting into inboxes long after the Facebook account is closed? Is that another form of hacking even if they cause no damage?

  2. George says:

    It’s great that you report on steps like using https. You even mention Facebook and their security service on your local 6 p.m. newscast. This still doesn’t provide security to those who’ve closed their Facebook accounts from receiving unwanted emails from Facebook affiliates. My question’s who provides the needed security from Facebook… other than Facebook? Even your site here’s got a Facebook plug-in. You’re not the only ones. I guess ANYBODY can be one of those hackers or may be partly responsible for providing a gate for them to use then, right?

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