Fotoforensics and an attack

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A tool for checking was DDoss-ed the other day, possibly due to a Syria photo that shows signs of fakery.

Yesterday evening, on Feb 27 at 5:18pm localtime (00:18 GMT), the FotoForensics server came under a large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. They generated nearly 8Gb/sec before the system went offline, and the ISP informed me that it topped out at around 30Gb/sec. (If your home network is a 100Mb network, then this is 300x more network traffic than your home can withstand.) The outage lasted 24 hours.

h/t Anonjedi at clues

via On The Attack – The Hacker Factor Blog.

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4 thoughts on “Fotoforensics and an attack

  1. Blue Moon

    This video of Yarmouk linked from the Hacker Factor looks as staged as anything on 911/Boston/Sandy Hoax etc. An old lady at the front of the line just happens to be there needing assistance and the camera gets right in her face- Oh the humanity! If corporate media is showing these images, they have a function within the agenda- If I were to hazard a guess, the whole Syrian crisis is largely PR and green screen, another pressure point on the world stage to keep us on edge- Same with the Palestinian narrative- Has Clues Forum run any of the Middle East refugee media images through the ringer the way the WWII death camp pix were deconstructed- I wonder just how many “refugees” there really are in these far flung, unreachable places that are always fenced off and heavily guarded-

  2. columjaddica

    I made a post in the forums about a free image forensics tools that looks like it could be quite useful for the hardcore fakeologist. Performs ELA and metadata analysis but also has a lot of project management features and some nifty geolocation features.

    It looks a lot like Fotoforensics but you can have the control and privacy. I think it would go nicely for teamwork and photo sharing alongside a forum that investigates these things.

    I set up a test site of it, credentials are in the forum…

  3. rickpotvin

    The absolutely astoundingly stupid photo above combines B&W with colour and and some sort of fish eye lens effect with a human stickman sticking up above tiny heads in tthe distance. A naked human eye can tell this is a silly photo. IT may be that the achilles heel of the perpetrators of photofraud and deceiptful news based on photofraud have defective visual intelligence. I’m reminded of the book The 7 Intelligences– though I’d have to review it before pointing to visual intelligence as one type– though it likely is. Simon’s background in cartooning apparently gives him an eye for this visual nonsense as he states over and over again on Clues and Ab’s fakology podcasts. Ab points to some connection between visual acuity and musical training. The brain is highly interconnected– as a “connectome” — and it could very well be that the type of “being” who thinks they can put trick photography before us and get away with it are simply non-graphic and non-musical retards. In effect, they use the modern digital tools but have no visual IQ. Thus, we end up faced with Fotoforensic analysis as follows that shows resaving multiple times (83%quality) , wildly differentiated pixellation, and the Picasa photomanipulation software signature.…

    Rick Potvin, Editor “Who Did 9/11? Diary”…

  4. columjaddica

    There are a lot of these DDOS attacks, along with defacing and other stuff lately. Usually ends up blamed on “Anonymous”, or “Syrian Electronic Army”, etc etc. They have Anonymous performing so many conflicting attacks, yesterday they were being anti-Russia and defaced

    Anybody can say they are anybody, I think the main point of the large DDOS attacks lately is merely justification for changes in cyber-law. Justifying international cut-off switches, etc. Most of the attacks are low significance but high visibility.

    In the case of this Fotoforensics thing I’d say it’s likely that somebody was actually trying to draw attention to that Syria pic, rather than shut down analysis of it. There are several other tools that do the same thing as Fotoforensics that can be ran on a home PC. You can replicate the same functionality with Gimp+ elsamuko’s Error Level Analysis plugin, and JPEGSnoop


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