What better way to start the work week than with a delicious slice of irony pie? The hacktivist group known as Anonymous spent the past year harassing websites and web users alike with a series of high profile attacks. Authorities responded by arresting Anons around the world, but new information shows that police weren't the only ones spanking Anonymous. Symantec says that an enterprising bot herder modified a link to one of Anon's voluntary DDoS tools to point to a file infected with the Zeus Trojan instead.
We've always known Maximum PC readers hold mastery over the technical realm – but new evidence shows that at least one may hold mastery over all things mental as well. Just a few hours ago, in response to news that those affable LulzSec hackers opened a request hotline, RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS posted the following psychic burst: "They should target the CIA or FBI... Do it. Go after the CIA or FBI, geniuses."
Sometimes, gamers. Sometimes, we just don't know. After all, we're looking at some mental gymnastics worthy of an Olympic medal. Here, put these unflatteringly short shorts on your brain; let's try running the course: Someone makes an awesome, extremely innovative game that you love. And we mean someone. Precisely one guy did almost all the work here. So he lets you into his magical land of Grown Up Legos for a reasonable fee and then scrambles to keep his game from getting squashed flatter and less functional than a Macbook Air under your collective weight.
At this point, you have a few options. 1) You could politely thank Mr. Notch for his hard work and enjoy the already massive toolset he's provided for you. 2) You could go on Minecraft's forums and suggest what – in your opinion – would make the game even better. 3) You could slow the game's servers to a one-armed crawl with a massive DDOS attack and basically hold the entire game at gunpoint while throwing a temper tantrum because you want your new toys right now.
Did you pick number three? Well then, congratulations: we hate you.
“Minecraft is currently experiencing a stimulation provided by us,” read a post on uber-popular message board 4chan. “Its purpose is to send Notch a clear message of how the future of Minecraft will turn out unless he gets to work, namely by influencing the amount of sales taking place, due to the attacks. Start providing your customers with the updates that you promise them.”
Minecraft in its current form has been around since the tail end of June. Oh, and let's not forget that Notch and his small staff are currently hard-at-work on a massive update set to launch on Halloween.
Knowing these “protesters,” though, you probably ought to expect the server slowdowns to resume the day afterward at 12:01 AM on the dot.