The Linux-based OS has over 26,000 downloads so far
Infamous hackivist group Anonymous claim to be behind the launch of an Ubuntu-based operating system which has today appeared online.
However, sources close to the group are writing the OS off as as a fake, riddled with malicious code.
The ‘Anonymous-OS Live’ has appeared on repository site Sourceforge.net and has so far been downloaded over 26,000 times.
A short description on the site described “an Ubuntu-based distribution and created for educational purposes... checking the security of web pages.”
Further information about the OS has been posted on Tumblr. There is a disclaimer that notes users are completely responsible for their actions and they “might end up in jail” if they choose to attack any webpages.
There is also a comprehensive list of tools included with the OS, such as ‘Find Host IP,’ ‘Tor,’ ‘John the Ripper’ and ‘Admin Finder.’ These allow users to do everything from masking their identity to cracking passwords.
However, the official sources linked to the Anonymous group have moved quickly to distance themselves from software. The @AnonOps account has labelled it as a fake and strongly discourages users from downloading it.
“The Anon OS is fake it is wrapped in trojans. RT,” it tweeted earlier today.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, has warned users not to trust the software, even suggesting it might be the work of federal authorities.
“Authorities that are desperate to know the identities of the hacktivist might make software available that promises to hide hackers' identities, when in fact secretly recording their details,” he told IT Pro.
Clueley pointed to the prominent leader of LulzSec, Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as ‘Sabu,’ who actually turned out to be a federal informant and was responsible for the arrest of fellow members.