Wikileaks has been down for five days now, the result of a massive distributed denial of service attack hitting the website.
This is not the first time Wikileaks has been the target of a DDOS attack. The website was down for four days in May due to the same type of attack. As ZDNet notes, a group called AntiLeaks says it’s behind the attack, indentifying themselves as “young adults, citizens of the United States of America.” They further explained:
“[Wikileaks creater Julian] Assange is the head of a new breed of terrorist. We are doing this as a protest against his attempt to escape justice into Ecuador. This would be a catalyst for many more like him to rise up in his place. We will not stop and they will not stop us.”
Wikileaks is a controversial website that often posts proprietary information that has more than likely been uncovered without permission. The organization famously leaked U.S. State Department war cables that included a number of embarrassing and secret pieces of information the government did not want disclosed.
Most recently, Wikileaks released e-mails from security think-tank Stratfor after the company was hacked. The e-mails, if they were real, show racist internal nicknames for various people and groups, such as ““Hizzies” for members of Hezbollah and “Adogg” for referencing Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In July, Wikileaks released what it called the “Syria Files,” or a number of government e-mails showing the “inner workings of the Syrian government.”
via ZDNet; Julian Assange image via New Media Days/Peter Erichsen