Wikileaks website targeted by hackers

By Lee Kaelin on September 1, 2011, 9:30 AM

Wikileaks found itself the victim of a cyberattack on Tuesday, shortly after the release of thousands of US State Department communications. News broke of the attack on their Twitter page, which offered another link to the communications, and a message stating "WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack."

It is likely that they were hit with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, the most commonly used method by hackers to cause disruption to websites. It works by flooding the servers with traffic, overloading them, and subsequently causing the servers to crash, or become otherwise unreachable.

"Want to really help Wikileaks fend off attacks? Send us money to pay the bills. Many people x $5 = strength," said Wikileaks in a subsequent tweet, trying to use the situation as an opportunity to get more funding.

The release of communications has drastically increased recently, and a recent blunder by Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange, which saw the release of over 250,000 uncensored US State Department communications after the trusted key to an encrypted file online was somehow published, has certainly drawn more unwanted attention.

It's still unclear what the motives of the hackers were, or who exactly is responsible as nobody has come forward to claim responsibility for the attacks. But it's likely in response to the increased release of communications -- not helped by the blunder by its founder. Widely known hacking groups Anonymous and Lulzsec have been publicly voicing their support for Wikileaks, so it's unlikely either of them are to blame, especially given the fact they have targeted payment companies in the past for preventing the whistle-blowing organization from receiving donations.

The main site wikileaks.org is back online but is clearly still having some issues (it was unreachable during the writing of this article). Wikileaks has said that these connection problems are related to a DNS cache issue.




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Guest said:

What goes around, comes around.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Gosh, if Wikileaks was about actually disclosing the information, they would have nothing to hack.

It boils down to some egocentric tool getting super lucky and getting Manning's data dump, and then trying to use that information to become some kind of super information broker who is irresistible to sleeping women.

I wouldn't be surprised if Assange already sold the information in those cables to whomever was interested (Iran, Al-Q, etc)

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Many people x $5 = strength

Genius formula

Guest said:

@NTAPRO

LOL so true

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

so

strength / many people = $5

interesting... XD

mcmurphy12 mcmurphy12 said:

stewi0001 said:

so

strength / many people = $5

interesting... XD

Which also must mean strength/$5 = many people.

This is great news... I need friends.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

mcmurphy12 said:

stewi0001 said:

so

strength / many people = $5

interesting... XD

Which also must mean strength/$5 = many people.

This is great news... I need friends.

now we can measure $5 and people, but how do we measure strength?

lipe123 said:

Thats easy: Chuck Norris = strength

Leeky Leeky said:

Good old Chuck Norris... He's the man!

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So...Chuck Norris + $5 + lots of friends = World domination?

Well first we gotta find Chuck Norris...

StrayEagle said:

gwailo247 said:

Gosh, if Wikileaks was about actually disclosing the information, they would have nothing to hack.

It boils down to some egocentric tool getting super lucky and getting Manning's data dump, and then trying to use that information to become some kind of super information broker who is irresistible to sleeping women.

I wouldn't be surprised if Assange already sold the information in those cables to whomever was interested (Iran, Al-Q, etc)

Wikileaks didn't get hacked....they got DDoS'ed. Quite a different thing.

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