The group who did this is called "PoodleCorp". They asked for a ransom of 2k retweets to bring servers back up. Why are they doing this? I think no one knows... attention, obviously, if they ask for retweets. There is an article asking for the reasons after their popular entry to public (hacking Pokemon Go this summer):
"Overall, the motive is to simply piss people off"
"We do it because we can, nobody can stop us and we just like to cause chaos" - the first part is ridiculous, because there's nothing difficult about a DDoS attack, it can even happen by accident.
"We are just having fun lol"
The problem is that hacking isn't difficult from a technical point of view, but it's a combination of having the problem-solving ability (which requires some cognitive capabilities) with a complete lack of responsibility and sanity (which requires a childish mind). In a nutshell: hackers are tech-savvy infants. And just like real infants, they don't need a reason for anything, they're just doing things before they think about it. When I was a kid and got into programming I thought as well how cool hacking is... and then I grew up and realized that the power that comes with such skills shouldn't be abused for stuff like this.
Basically, they're some guys standing next to an ice cream stand and every time a kid buys an ice cream, they beat the kid's hand so that the ice cream falls to the ground. It's the exact same action. In real-life absolutely no one (except Gru from Despicable Me) would find that funny, especially not after the 100th kid. It would also not go unpunished. But since on the Internet anonymity protects you from punishment for your wrongdoings, it's a different story. And of course many keyboard warriors say "lol" online to a kid complaining about their game breaking down. I wonder how many of them would also IRL "lol" to a kid whose ice cream is on the ground, especially when the ice cream store owner and the parent of the kid are next to the scenery.
lol yes - but Mr. Robot has an endgame. as bagstone confirmed - it seems their end game is just to knock peoples ice cream onto the floor for no apparent reason. kinda reminds me of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z834x4Qk_pM
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