I'm not security literate, and if I was, I probably wouldn't be asking this question. As a regular tech news follower, I'm really surprised by the outrage of Anonymous (hacker group), but as a critical thinker, I'm unable to control my curiosity to dig out how exactly they are doing this? Frankly, this group really scares me.
One thing that I don't understand is how they haven't been caught yet. Their IP addresses should be traceable when they DDOS, even if they spoof it or go through a proxy.
- The server with which they are spoofing should have recorded the IPs of these guys in its logs. If the govt. ask the company (which owns the server) don't they give the logs?
- Even if it is a private server owned by these guys, doesn't IANA (or whoever the organization is) have the address & credit card details of the guy who bought & registered the server?
- Even if they don't have that, can't the ISPs trace back to the place these packets originated?
I know, if it was as simple as I said, the government would have caught them already. So how exactly are they able to escape?
PS: If you feel there are any resources that would enlighten me, I'll be glad to read them.
[Update - this is equally appropriate when referring to the Lulzsec group, so have added a quick link to the Wikipedia page on them]