"Anonymous," a group of hackers perhaps best known for their attacks on the Church of Scientology, have appointed themselves the protectors of Wikileaks. To that end, they've begun a full-scale attack on those who have harmed Wikileaks in the past. This is no cute hacker's mission--it's a full-on crusade that has already taken down Mastercard.com.
Several major companies have made the operation of Wikileaks much more difficult. Mastercard and PayPal both blocked all donations to the site, claiming Wikileaks dabbles in "illegal activities" (despite Wikileaks has never been formally charged with a crime). That's a major source of revenue for Wikileaks, the cessation of which is going to prove a serious problem for continued operation. Other targets of the wrath of Anonymous include Amazon, which briefly hosted the site before booting them due to concerns over terms of service violations (including proper ownership of stored documents and possible security concerns), the Swedish lawyer representing the women who are accusing Julian Assange of sex crimes, and the Swiss postal system's financial arm (which blocked Assange's accounts).
Anonymous is not really a traditional group, a fact easily divined from its name. There's no leader, and no real organization. Instead, various hackers (who often populate messageboards like 4Chan and wikis like the Encyclopedia Dramatica), working independently, identify under the "Anonymous" banner. The group, which has in the past targeted the Church of Scientology and, um, Gene Simmons, typically uses denial-of-service attacks, which flood the target's servers, often disabling them or shutting them down outright.
In this case, some 1,500 hackers operating under the name Anonymous decided to appoint themselves the defenders of Wikileaks and Assange, flooding their targets with denial-of-service attacks. Some, like Amazon, managed to fend off the attacks, but others weren't so lucky. Mastercard's site, thought to be extremely secure, has at the time of this writing been shut down for hours. (Side note: It's a nice quirk that the news coverage of this outage invariably points readers to mastercard.com--but if readers go there, they'll only be making Mastercard's recovery harder but adding more traffic to the pile!)
To Anonymous, all of these companies have been pressured politically to cripple Wikileaks in any way they can. Though Amazon, for one, has denied it, the group continues its attack, hoping to bring visibility to the fight for transparency and openness--or at least extract a little revenge. Hey, Wikileaks knows how to do security, so why shouldn't Mastercard, right?
a thing of beauty
for great justice.
the site is down... so beautiful!!!
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Sorry... had to..
This is only possible since the Internet is free.
Give it another decade or so and the Internet will be run by MegaCorp, Inc.
Then there will be no such thing as justice.
I hope those folks can live with the consequences of their actions. But chances are they can't recognize cause and effects all that well anyway.
realy? are you fucking serious? pleas popsci i mean for fucks sake "typically uses denial-of-service attacks" seriously the only reason they do that is cause it requires no skill i mean for gods causes the program they use is called LOIC "low orbit ion cannon" and any moron who can type and click a button can launch a denial of service attack and 4chan itself is populated by idiots who like to identify with it because of the popularity given it from articles like this i mean for fucks sake to call them hackers when its mainly just under 18 skiddys who don't know one port from another i mean if these people were seriously hackers they would use better methods like slow post atack or actualy attempting to do something that requires actual hacking, fucking something i mean i'm just so infuriated by the media giving them such a name as hackers even thou 80% of the people on 4chan can hardly use the fucking internet in closing the media has given /b/tards a name that they don't deserve FUCK FUCK FUCK i just cant even think of what to fucking say about it. it just ... you know its the medias fault that hackers are given such a name all i'm requesting is a revision of this article from hackers to skiddys these fucking /b/tards don't even realize the harm there doing for wikileeks and calling them activists the caus theyre fighting for is flawed i mean yeah i'm 110% into saving wikileeks but at least i'm putting my efforts forth in a useful way
@B.v. ...Yeah your right in the not to distant future the net will be completely controlled by Big Government and "MegaCorp" with all the regulation and controls that come with it, however rules a regulations, that impeed our freedoms, are put in place primarily after a line is crossed in that a wrong has been comitted.
just so you know who to thank!
What a bunch of morons.
Wikileaks deserve all what amazone and mastercard did.It's the right of amazone to decide to not support them in their "terrorists" activities,also it is of mastercard.And what the fuck?The lawyer of a rape victim?It has no report with wikileaks,it has with the sickness of his founder.Seriously,releasng confidential informations is one thing,but (cyber)attacking peoples becauses they do not support that is another.
You know what the funny thing is. All of these attacks are only hurting wiki leaks. I do not like wiki leaks because people die because of it. But it is also free speech so it should be allowed. However, companies are also free so they can do whatever they want within the law. If they don't like wiki leaks they can do things to weaken it if they want. But now after the attacks more companies will take action against wiki leaks. Violence only prompts more violence. And sorry wiki leaks but these companies have way more resources than you. So though i think what you are doing is stupid, I am wishing you luck because you are going to need it.
Oh anon how i love you, bump for great justice
Epic trolling is epic! We do not forgive, We do not forget. Expect us.
Paypal.com also seems to be down!
I wish I knew enough about the web to help out.
The best I could do to show support for wikileaks was to join the rapidly growing facebook group "Free Julian Assange". I'm seriously considering making a financial contribution too, but I'm kinda poor. I think I'll make a small contribution just out of principle.
what i see as great is that it's people actually taking a side and standing for what they believe for consequences be damned or accepted with grace.
@schok do you even read what you type or do you just believe all the dribble that trickles down to your hole you call existence. PLEASE explain to all of us about ALL of the people who have DIED because of the DIRECT action of WIKILEAKS. by the way no one has ever died at the hands of a lie. WAIT the ENTIRE FUCKING IRAQ WAR!!!!!!!!!!!! have you even read the rape allegations. he could be guilty, but it sounds pretty fishy to me. he didn't hide in a bush and jump these girls. he admitted that he was having a sexually relationship with the girls. it wasn't until he was in the media that they magically came forward with rape allegations. I accuse YOU OF RAPE!!! now prove to everyone in here that it isn't true. you cant! i only see one moron right now.
People die because of it? No. Corrupt and inept government officials get exposed because of it, and they're using 'innocents' as shields and hostages, trying to buffer against their own exposure.
Your personification of the government as one single benevolent entity that is keeping you safe stems only from utter ignorance and naivety.
I always wonder who the puppet masters are. Sure enough we all dance as the strings are pulled.
if you havent seen or heard of ghost in the shell: the laughing and/or the individual eleven, watch them now.
this whole scenario reminds me of that for some reason.
It's Nerd War 1
Does anyone else find it odd that an organization named Anonymous, filled with people who wear mask when appearing in public, is defending an organization whose sole purpose is to expose secrets and "promote openness and transparency". I am sure someone will say that they must stay secret so they can continue doing the greater good, kinda like the governement. Just my observation.
Any attack on any website is illegal by law. Arrest them all hang them. They say they are for freedom of information but in attacking ANYONE in order to shut them down they are violating their own code of honor. It's amazing the hypocrites the human race generates.
Every comment condemning this cyber attack feeds us. The more you respond the more joy you bring us.
this is a fucking lawlocaust. epic win anon.
@digitaldillmaav you might think its not a hack but just for you information anything using either a exploit or a breach in the the way computers work is a hack ! yes its a esay hack but still is a hack it uses a exploit in the way computer work ! and server responds
not because they gave a pre coded app for people to use on a voluntary base that its not a hack
second you think there only loic bots behind this, if you had a minimum of common sense you would know that real bot owners hoped in to this and illegal bots are attacking those systems too
btw your probably just hating because you cant do shit !
support your hackers since they want the right to free speech to be respected !
@all people who think wikileaks killed poeple
how many people the government has killed with there stupid wars people have a right to know and any government of any country is just has corrupted.
DOWN WITH THE WOLRD GOVERNMENT AND DOWN WITH THE SYSTEM!
it never worked right and never will
wikileaks dont kill people the government does ! and for what for CASH and who gets that cash the government !
Actually names of informants in the Taliban were released to the public. So once the Taliban found out, the informants were killed, most likely brutishly. And ya i realize US troops have killed way more in Iraq and i did not approve of the invasion, but that does not excuse others who can cause death. Also, I don't see why wikileaks can't just release information proving corruption in the government, instead of releasing information that can lead to people's deaths(such as names of informants). And nicely said RKlay. Btw anyone who thinks that anarchy is the solution, is an idiot. I am sorry but humans are greedy and sick, therefore anarchy only leads to violence.
Remember remember, the 5th of November...
Anonymous is not an organisation. Anonymous is an emergent phenomenon.
Nothing is as amusing as the indignant rage of the guilty at being found out.
Secrecy is rarely used by governments to hide sensetive information from the enemy; it is used to hide information from their own population that could undermine the undemocratic process of decision making by the leaders.
Consider the 'secret' bombing of Cambodia, which certainly wasn't a secret to the Cambodians. It was kept from the American people to hide the fact that Nixon had started another undeclared war without congressional approval.
Consider the secret nuclear missile bases in Italy, Turkey and other European countries. They were no secret to the USSR and led directly to the USSR attempting to establish nuclear missiles in Cuba. The US administration argued that there were no conceivable reason for the USSR to station nuclear missiles that close to the US unless they were planing to attack.
Consider the secret attempts to assasinate Castro, which was no secret to Castro. Castro could not retaliate in any conventional way, for fear of giving the americans pretext for a full-blown invasion, so he responded by accepting the Soviet nuclear missiles.
The Cuban missile crisis was the closest the world has come to a nuclear war and it was a direct result of secrecy and mendacity on part of the politicians.
We didn't find out just how close it was until about a decade ago, when it was revealed that a soviet submarine, mistakenly believing it was under attack almost fired nuclear torpedoes, which could have quickly escalated into a nuclear war. Three officers were required to fire a nuclear torpedo, Vasili A. Arkhipov was the lone dissenter and managed to calm things down.
Without secrecy the invasion of Iraq would not have happened. Without secrecy the arming of Iraq under Saddam was unlikely, at least to anywhere near the extent that it happened. Without secrecy Saddam is very unlikely to have received the financial aid from the US that allowed him to rearm. Without secrecy, Saddam would never have been a CIA agent and is unlikely to have risen to power.
Without secrecy it would have been impossible for the Reagan administration to sell weapons to Iran in order to fund Nicaraguan terrorists.
Without secrecy it would not have been possible for the US government to claim that Arbenz was a soviet puppet and have him replaced with a military junta on behalf of the United fruit company, in which the Dulles brothers were both share holders.
You might have expected that the secrecy born out of the Manhattan project and the cold war would have died down when the Soviet union collapsed, but in actuality it ballooned and metastasized. Stripping governments of their ability to keep secrets is a worldwide necessity.
The secrecy is not only allowing actions of which the people would not approve; after being repeatedly lied to, people come to assume everything the government says is a lie and that may prevent the government from taking military actions in the rare ocassion that it is really necessary. Democracy is not possible when the facts required to even have a debate are kept secret.
The big thing is here, however right people may think that these "Anonymous" people are, however right people think Assange is for exposing the information, Assange STOLE the information, and "Anonymous" is breaking the law by attacking legitimate companies. Also, by disrupting companies like Mastercard or Paypal, they are not only attacking those sites and companies, but EVERY consumer who uses them. And I agree that if any of the "Anonymous" "members" really think they are right, they should have the balls to stand up and say it publicly, instead of hiding. People who hide are usually afraid. Because they are usually guilty. In my profession, I find that only guilty people hide, and only guilty people run. An innocent man stands firm and declares himself innocent. Assange and the spineless "Anonymous" are hypocrites, who use subterfuge and espionage to further their own goals, sidestepping the same rules they expect others to follow. And they have the nerve to call others corrupt. If you're going to stand for something, stand for it. Don't hide in the shadows. And for god's sake, if you are going to call yourself intelligent, or a "hacker," or try to call others stupid, at least work on your own grammar and spelling. And don't give me any of that "leet speek" garbage. Only AOLers and kids use that crap.
Good lord. Let's keep a separation between 4chan and Popsci. Two very different types of mindsets, and this is coming from someone who's avidly been on 4chan for more than 5 years.