The Dreaded #refref During the summer, the Internet was abuzz over about a new, potent attack tool called #refref. It could take down any type of unpatched online database of which there are a great deal, according to several security experts we spoke to. Like other hacking tools, such as Low Orbit Ion Canon, #refref would be very user-friendly. People with no technical skill could download and run it.
Even the Department of Homeland Security believed that the tool, if it existed, would appear on Sept. 17 as part of the occupation. But it didnt and still hasnt.
At the Zucotti Park occupation, a self-identified hacker called “not_me” said that #refref was “a troll,” a bogus message. “#refref does not exist,” he said. Many Anonymous sympathizers agree on Twitter, including Sabu @anonymousabu, who may have been the leader of this summer’s LulzSec hacks.