Donald Trump is all geared up to enter the Presidential suite of United States, and the inauguration ceremony will happen today. But, not everyone is cheering for the newly elect President. For those who can’t reach Washington to voice their protest, a software engineer has proposed a DDoS (Occupy White House) attack on the government.
DDoS isn’t legal, so be careful!
In case, you plan on joining hands to show your discomfort, let us remind you that this form of online activity isn’t legal, and might serve you a jail sentence.
Juan Soberanis, a software engineer has called (via PCW) on the users to protest the Donal Trump election by visiting the Whitehouse.gov site in order to disrupt it with a rather old-school tactic of using legitimate web traffic. Mostly, such attacks are carried out by bots.
The engineer wrote in his pledge, “If you can’t make it to Washington, DC on inauguration day to protest Trump’s presidency, you can still fight for the cause by helping to take down whitehouse.gov as a show of solidarity for the lives impacted by Trump’s policy agenda.”
He has named his campaign “Occupy White House” and provided step by step instructions carry out the protest
It’s simple. By overloading the site with visitors, we will be able to demonstrate the will of the American people.
There are two ways to participate. You can manually go to www.whitehouse.gov on inauguration day, January 20, 2017 and refresh the page as often as you can throughout the day
or you can… automatically reload the page.
When enough people occupy whitehouse.gov, the site will go down […]
Please join us and stand up against this demagogue who is threatening our democracy and our security.
All this was published in protester.io (Occupy White House protest is currently inaccessible) by Soberanis. He even made a video on YouTube saying, “We haven’t lost our democracy just yet, but it’s definitely under threat. In order to defend and revitalize our democracy, we have to be mobile and take action.”
Even though it might seem a legal activity, Stephen Gates, a research intelligence analyst at NSFOCUS says that such protests or any other DDoS attack are a crime.
Stephen Gates said, “Participating in a DDoS attack is a crime, regardless if you use a tool, a script, a botnet for hire, or a finger and a keyboard. If protesters move forward with this demonstration, they must remember that their source IP addresses in most cases will not be spoofed, meaning law enforcement can easily track those who participate.”
However, Juan Soberanis doesn’t see this against the laws and says, “It’s the equivalent of someone marching on Washington, DC. Civil disobedience has always been part of the American democratic process.”