Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) is an open source network stress testing and Distributed Denail Of Service (DDOS) attack tools. LOIC was initially developed by Praetox Technologies, but was later released into the public domain, and now is hosted on several open source platforms. It’s named after a fictitious weapon from the Command & Conquer series of video games.
The tools come in 2 difference language which are C# and Java. The LOIC not only available in Window Platform, it also available in Andiod platform which you can easily launch any attack to the target machine just using your own mobile phone or tablet which I think may not that efficial 🙂
The Windows version of LOIC has a “Hive mind” feature that lets you point your copy at an TCP, UDP, or HTTP, allowing someone else to control over your LOIC clients application which website they are target to. This is because if you are attacking a website alone using your own computer at your own network, that’s actually no impact to the server at all, but if there are thousands of LOICs all targeting to a same server at the same time than only can bring the real negetive impact to the target machine.
LOIC basically turns your computer’s network connection into a firehose of garbage requests, directed towards a target web server. On its own, one computer rarely generates enough TCP, UDP, or HTTP requests at once to overwhelm a web server—garbage requests can easily ignored while legit requests for web pages are responded to as normal.
There is a bad side for the hackers that you may not know to take control over your computer may be a risk. But because the LOIC client is open source, the chances that a virus or backdoor into a user’s own system could be a hidden payload is minimal.
Because a DDoS knocks everything offline—at least when it works as intended—the log files that would normally record each incoming connection typically just don’t work. And even if they do, many LOIC users claim that another user was on their network or that their machine was part of a bot net—a DDoS client delivered by virus that performs like a hive mind LOIC, minus the computer owner actually knowing they are participating.
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