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[ISN] I shut radio site, boasts teen hacker

Forwarded from: William Knowles <wk@xxxxxxx>


December 06, 2002

A teenage hacker attacked an online chatroom run by The Edge radio 
station and then turned his attention to TV3's website. 

The 15-year-old, who goes by the online name of "deejay-fuzion" and 
attends Roturua Lakes High School, rang the Herald to brag about his 

Asked why he launched a "DDOS" (distributed denial of service) attack 
against the chatroom on Monday night, he said: "Because the 
administrator was ... just being a smart arse." 

"Dj-fu" signalled his "bots" to flood the chatroom computer with 
spurious internet traffic, causing the server to slow down and 
eventually stop. 

During the process he noticed other servers belonging to TV3 were in 
the same proximity so he tried his attack on TV3's website - "just 
because I could". (Radioworks, which owns the Edge, and TV3 have the 
parent company CanWest). 

TV3 communications manager Roger Beaumont confirmed The Edge chat 
server had a DDOS attack and was offline for a short period. But he 
said it was coincidence that TV3's website was offline on Tuesday for 
routine maintenance. 

Will Steele, a friend of the 15-year-old who was online at the time, 
said the TV3 site was unavailable during the attack and the "routine 
maintenance" message appeared on the site after the attack ended at 
9.45pm. That was when the hacker was taken offline by his internet 
provider, Quicksilver. 

Its network manager Mark Frater said two individuals were disconnected 
on Monday night after the internet provider received a complaint from 
a server administrator. 

When contacted by Quicksilver, both denied knowledge of an attack and 
had their internet accounts reinstated. 

Quicksilver manager Trevor Isted said there was no proof to link the 
pair to the attack. Usage logs were being investigated, and if 
evidence was found, the pair would be banned from access for breaching 
the internet provider's acceptable use policy. 

The teenager claims to have written a trojan program called "FB3" with 
a friend known online as "lynx". 

The program exploits a "Netbios" vulnerability in Windows PCs related 
to file and print sharing, to plant itself on unsuspecting users' 

The infected computers (bots - short for robots) signal their presence 
to a computer in the United States which the teenager uses to send out 
the instructions to attack. 

In this case the method of attack was a "SYN flood" - an efficient 
process which fakes the initial handshake of an internet connection 
with false addresses which the target Machine is unable to answer. 

It keeps retrying to accept them, and with enough of these happening, 
a server can become overwhelmed. 

New anti-hacking provisions - including clauses covering DDOS attacks 
- in the Crimes Amendment Bill are waiting to be introduced to 

But the hacker would be immune from prosecution because he is only 15. 

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without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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