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.