Fed up of Nigerian 419 scam emails? A group called Artists Against 419 certainly are - they perform a virtual Flash Mob and aim to take down the fake banks' web hosting. White Hat or Black Hat hacking? We interview the Artists, investigate their actions from a legal and ethical standpoint, and draw some conclusions. Interesting stuff for anyone who's suffered under the weight of spam.
Taking down the website is a classic Denial of Service attack, but the Artists are very clear about stopping the attack before that occurs. They're not taking down the website - they're just pushing the limits of the cheap-and-cheerful hosting the scammers have used. This would appear to keep them short of causing legal damage.. Read on over Bit-Tech.