We gave some info on Frankie Francis, the convicted drug trafficker who is #OccupySteubenville recently. We’ll talk more about Mr. Francis’s extensive run-ins with the law in the future but here’s a question: why does Mr. Francis have software on his computer that is used to take down websites? The software is called LOIC:
Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) is an open source network stress testing and denial-of-service attack application. 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 with TCP packets or UDP packets with the intention of disrupting the service of a particular host.
It’s not illegal to have the software. It IS illegal to use it to attack a site and people can do serious jail time. Here’s one story from 2010:
GeneSimmons.com was the target of the attack that was carried out under the name of the organization ‘Anonymous‘, even using its favorite tool for the attacking. The low orbit ion cannon sends huge amounts of packets over the network confuse and crash the target computer.
Poe was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles for conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. He could face up to 15 years in a federal prison for the attack.
But it seems Mr. Francis has a copy of LOIC. He showed his screen to another Twitter-Anon a few days ago.
And here’s what you see in the lower right hand corner.
The reason you have LOIC is to do DDoS attacks. That is the point of it. What is Mr. Francis up to? I asked him on Twitter but he has not responded for comment thus far.