Hacker groups that have taken to attacking US government computers say they will target homes with their hacks.
In a post on the Telegram messaging app Tuesday, the group Anonymous said it would use a wide range of attacks, including a denial of service attack, a DDoS attack, an HTTP proxy attack and a botnet attack.
“Hackers are now starting to target US homes and businesses,” the group wrote.
“A few weeks ago, we released a DYNASTY (DoD-only, or DoD-controlled, or DHS-controlled) DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack against the US Department of Homeland Security’s website.”
A DoD spokesperson told Recode that “Hackers who successfully penetrate our network will not be permitted to leave our network.”
“They will be attacked using various methods, including DDoS attacks, denial of services, and other types of attacks,” the spokesperson said.
“Our team will be watching and responding to their actions, and we will provide them with appropriate support.”
Hackers have taken advantage of a bug in Microsoft’s operating system that allows the hackers to run code on a user’s computer that will cause a denial-of-service attack, allowing them to bypass the firewall.
They also have used the bug to hijack the Internet Explorer web browser.
Microsoft has patched the bug, but hackers have also used it to hijacks popular software.
The company released a patch in April.
Microsoft, in a statement to Recode, said it is aware of the issue and is working to address it.
“We have issued a patch and are actively working to patch the vulnerability, and the patch will roll out in the coming days,” the company said.
The group says it will continue to develop its attack strategy, including how to “disrupt the entire internet,” and that it will release additional exploits once it has access to the government’s computers.
“Our attacks are designed to be very hard and very effective.
We will release new exploits as we gain access to new computers,” the Anonymous statement continued.
“We will use every means at our disposal to disrupt the entire web, and our goal is to cripple the entire US government’s computer system, from its core to the very core.”