WikiLeaks Thrown Offline by DOS Attack, Hours Before Embassies Leak

November 28, 2010

(ChattahBox Technology News)– Just hours before a scheduled Sunday afternoon document dump of thousands of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables, WikiLeaks’ website was successfully taken down with a distributed Denial of Service Attack. The whistleblower group announced the attack on its Twitter account. “We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack,” WikiLeaks tweeted. The Guardian newspaper, one of the news sources given an advance look at the stolen cables, was also briefly taken offline on Sunday. Despite the cyber attacks, WikiLeaks says the leaking of the diplomatic documents will proceed on schedule, with The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel Magazine, El Pais, as well as the Guardian due to publish reports on the leaked cables. In fact, The New York Times has already published a general overview of the diplomatic material.

“El Pais, Le Monde, Speigel, Guardian & NYT will publish many US embassy cables tonight, even if WikiLeaks goes down,” WikiLeaks tweeted.

The U.S. State Department has been frantically contacting foreign governments, in advance of the leak to ward off diplomatic fallout from the release of diplomatic cables that could prove embarrassing for some leaders.

Harold Koh, the top legal adviser to the State department issued a last-minute appeal to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, pleading with him to reconsider leaking the thousands of stolen documents. Koh, said leaking the cables would “place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals—from journalists to human rights activists and bloggers to soldiers to individual providing information.”

“At a minimum,” Koh added, the release would also “place at risk” ongoing military operations and foreign cooperation.

Adm Mullen has condemned the leak as “extremely dangerous.”

(Update: Der Spiegel Magazine has just released its first story on the stolen diplomatic cables.


Comments

6 Responses to “WikiLeaks Thrown Offline by DOS Attack, Hours Before Embassies Leak”

  1. FERED on November 28th, 2010 5:32 pm

    ONE HAVE TO PRISED THE WIKILEAKS FOR THEIR UNCOMPROMISED JURNALISTIC APPREOCH TO THE REVLATION OF DARK HISTORY OF AMERICAN “ A GOD CHOSEN DEVIL”, THIS IS A WAKEUP CALL FOR THE AMERICAN TO SEE WHAT ATRACITY THEIR GOVERNMENT COMMITTING THROUGH OUT THE WORLD ON THEIR NAMES

  2. Anthony M. Freed on November 30th, 2010 4:45 am

    Anti-Jihadi Hacker The Jester Hits WikiLeaks Site With XerXeS DoS Attack

    “Infamous hacker The Jester is claiming responsibility for a DoS attack that disabled WikiLeaks hours before the release of thousands of documents. The WikiLeaks Twitter account said, “We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack,” for several hours on Sunday…”

    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/9865-The-Jester-Hits-WikiLeaks-Site-With-XerXeS-DoS-Attack.html

    For my interviews with The Jester beginning in February of this year, including two exclusive videos of the XerXeS DoS attack in action, please see the following articles:

    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogtag/427/Jester.html

  3. Anthony M. Freed on November 30th, 2010 3:20 pm

    WikiLeaks Suffers a Second More Powerful DoS Attack

    The WikiLeaks Twitter account displays the messages, “We are currently under another DDoS attack,” and “DDoS attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second,” which dwarfs the 2-4 Gbps attack perpetrated by self-proclaimed “patriot hacker” known only as The Jester (th3j35t3r)…

    https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/9896-WikiLeaks-Suffers-a-Second-More-Powerful-DoS-Attack.html

  4. Anthony M. Freed on December 1st, 2010 3:48 am

    Hacker “The Jester” Reports Raid By Law Enforcement

    Infamous anti-jihadi hacker The Jester (th3j35t3r), who earlier this week claimed responsibility for a denial of service attack that temporarily disabled the WikiLeaks website, reported that he was the subject of a search and equipment seizure by law enforcement…

  5. Jester Sucks on December 1st, 2010 5:14 pm

    F’k Jester! Hope they bag & tag the little dick. Let wikileaks conduct their business! The world needs to the truth.

  6. DVDSoft on December 11th, 2010 3:58 am

    We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack,” for several hours on Sunday…”

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