Occupy the Internet







The Low Orbit Ion Cannon was a favorite tool of wanna-be pseudo-hackers who did not have technical skills, but were willing to contribute their hardware and bandwidth to multiple instances of flooding servers , primarily to the organization (?) known as Anonymous / hackers trolling at http://4chan.org/b (random)




LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) is an open source network stress testing and DoS attack application, written in C#. A JavaScript version has also been created enabling a DoS from a web browser and also a Qt edition called loiq written in C++ exists.[1][2] LOIC was initially developed by Praetox Technologies, but later it was released into the public domain.[3]

LOIC named after a fictional weapon in the Command & Conquer series of video games. The Ion Cannon was first popularized in the original Star Wars movies. Ion Cannons were used for orbital defense against low orbit Star Destroyers on Hoth in The Empire Strikes back.[4]




LOIC performs a denial-of-service (DoS) attack (or when used by multiple individuals, a DDoS attack) on a target site by flooding the server withTCP packets or UDP packets with the intention of disrupting the service of a particular host. People have used LOIC to join voluntary botnets.[5]


Security experts quoted by the BBC indicated that well-written firewall rules can filter out most traffic from DDoS attacks by LOIC, thus preventing the attacks from being fully effective.[6]

 Notable uses

LOIC was utilized by Project Chanology, an offshoot of the Anonymous group, to attack websites from the Church of Scientology websites, then by Anonymous itself to successfully attack the Recording Industry Association of America‘s website in October 2010,[7] and again during Operation Payback in December 2010 to attack the websites of companies and organizations

However LOIC was donated to sourceforge (open sourced) and it seems to be corrupted – atleast my anti -virus (AVG ) detected a virus when I downloaded it/ (and the mirror servers esp in VA have funny names!) (Ajay-  I download such things once a quarter- just to keep up with new kids on the digital block)

High Orbit Ion Cannon

However a spinoff seems to be called HOIC (or Amusingly) High Orbit Ion Cannon. http://hoic.99k.org/

What is HOIC?

The high orbit ion cannon has the following features:
– High-speed multi-threaded HTTP Flood
– Simultaenously flood up to 256 websites at once
– Built in scripting system to allow the deployment of ‘boosters’, scripts designed to thwart DDoS counter measures and increase DoS output.
– Easy to use interface
– Can be ported over to Linux/Mac with a few bug fixes (I do not have either systems so I do
– Ability to select the number of threads in an ongoing attack
– Ability to throttle attacks individually with three settings: LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH
and its written in a language where you can do a bunch of really nifty things
just read the RealBasic manual, ;]
also no Dependencies (single executable)


I have yet to test whether it works or is just another honey pot (or 😉 honey trap ) for amateur “occupy internet” protestors.


Of course it is illegal to test anyone else’s servers. The software is easy to install and use- the instructions are here in this screenshot-


It is originally  at a site called http://hoic.99k.org/ , but in case you want to test servers by flooding you can use this at Google Docs- (which I have made the new mirror for zip files)  at http://goo.gl/CAjm3 or https://docs.google.com/open?id=18_VByDmFXsuy1XfEOW9C918QVg-NZ52ztQMcFpU6AICo1cteHPXr9zUzipwE

(Ajay- Google Docs now allows you to store z1P files )

Note -some people prefer to use the Tor Browser downloadable from https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en  to hid their IP addresses- but combining Tor and Hoic is definitely illegal (besides overloading Tor’s network which doesnt allow Torrent downloads especially from sites like http://thepiratebay.org )

I am shortly beginning a research project -which is like a commercial version of the Tor Internet- basically pay 99 cents to join a digital internet which doesnot store your IP addresses and gives your privacy from internet ads -99.89% of which are useless!

What do you think -dear Reader? Would a mobile app that gives you a completely ad free internet be worth anything? Let me know in comments—



Author: Ajay Ohri


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