How Hackers Invaded 30 Million Web Servers On The Internet With A Poem


web server hacking poem cccShort Bytes: From an IP address associated with 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (32c3) taking place in Germany, some unknown hackers sent a poetic message to all the IPv4 addresses on the Internet who left with their web servers port open. Later, the hackers said that they didn’t mean to harm anybody and wished to remind the people the importance of keeping the Internet open and decentralised. 

Just before the end of 2015, some unknown hackers flooded the internet with a piece of poetry. This message was sent to all Web servers on the Internet and about 30 million of them logged the message.

This message was sent from an IP address associated with 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (32c3) taking place in Germany. The hackers, also called “masspoem4u”, are a long time fan of the Congress and attended it for the first time.

Using the tool “Masscan”, they scanned the entire internet and flooded it with their message. Masscan is an Internet port scanner that allowed the hackers to list all the IPv4 addresses that left the 80 port open.

“DELETE your logs. Delete your installations. Wipe everything clean. Walk out into the path of cherry blossom trees and let your motherboard feel the stones,” the poem goes like this.

“Let water run in rivulets down your casing. You know that you want something more than this, and I am here to tell you that we love you. We have something more for you. We know you’re out there, beeping in the hollow server room, lights blinking, never sleeping. We know that you are ready and waiting. Join us,” the poem continues.

In an email exchange with Motherboard, the unknown hackers said that they did this for fun and didn’t mean to harm anybody. “One of our goals was to place something beautiful in an unexpected place, nestling a little poetic message amongst repetitive server access logs. We were very happy to hear that many people got a smile out of it!” they said.

The hackers got the idea of adding this friendly message along with the scan from one of the Masscan creators Robert Graham. “We are also indebted to the 32c3 NOC [network operations centre] team, for providing such great connectivity and encouraging playful experimentation,” Masspoem4u said thanking the 32c3’s internet connection as this huge scan and message delivery would have taken lots of bandwidth.

The hackers said that they did this to remind the people that the Internet is free and it must be kept decentralised. “The internet is ours, and it is adorable,” the hackers commented.

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Amar Shekhar

Amar Shekhar

A passionate adventure traveller over and Author of the book 'The Girl from the Woods'.
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