Hacktivist group Anonymous hits sites that cut off WikiLeaks
Distributed Denial of Service attacks targets companies ‘bowing to government pressure’
by Chris Nerney

Fighting fire with fire, the loose-knit collective of hacker activists known as Anonymous has launched a serious of Distributed Denial of Service attacks on several sites that recently severed ties with whistle-blowing organization WikiLeaks under pressure from various governments.

WikiLeaks itself has been the target of similar DDoS attacks, which were cited last week by a New Hampshire-based DNS provider that stopped hosting the wikileaks.org domain, which no longer works.

According to the BBC, Anonymous has launched attacks against PayPal, which over the weekend stopped processing transactions for WikiLeaks, and the Swiss bank PostFinance, which froze the assets of Julian Assange, the organization’s founder.

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2 Comments to “Hacktivist group “Anonymous” hits sites that cut off WikiLeaks”

  • It looks that a few of those documents contain operational details that would better not be published. There should have been negotiations to remove some elements.

    Most documents look to be annoying for some individuals, but beneficial for the public and the way it has access to what is really happening. They will probably help some processes forward thanks to public pressure.

    However if the public has to be really informed, also internal documents from big companies are crucial and some could trigger a bigger reaction.

    The way some politician react against the messenger now however looks more inspired by old South American dictatorship, no it is more like the now disappeared eastern Europe communist regimes.

    If government, pressing groups and big business keep acting against messengers using the same principles freedom of press and thus democracy is in real danger.

    However, hacking will not be a real threat for those company’s who acted politically. But are those company’s not been put in a very dangerous position. Most of them sell worldwide and will non US country’s accept that their service is not a full service, not one that is offered without political strings attached.

  • Yawn. Why don’t the “hacktivists” take-down Amazon.com’s website?

    Instead, they pursue organizations whose websites are incidental to their businesses (swiss bank, paypal, visa/mastercard). None of the latter organizations rely on their websites in a meaningful commerce manner…except…Amazon.com.

    The actions of the hacksters lack substance, unlike those who are attacking WikiLeaks’ website…

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