4Chan’s Anonymous Hordes Revenge-Hack for WikiLeaks

December 8, 2010

(ChattahBox Technology News)— A group of so-called Internet hacktivists who are loosely identified, as Anonymous and now operating under the mantle of Operation: Payback have taken up the cause of WikiLeaks and the group’s founder Julian Assange. The hackers, operating from the notorious hacking forum 4Chan, have responded to the call for revenge, by launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against companies, such as PayPal, MasterCard and the Swiss bank PostFinance for refusing to do business with the mysterious anarchist Julian Assange. So far, PayPal’s blog was briefly knocked offline, MasterCard was partially taken down and PostFinance’s website was down for nearly 24-hours. This apparently, is just the beginning, with the Anonymous troublemakers gloating on Twitter, “Operation:Payback(is a bitch!).”

Ars Technica reports on some of the more colorful details of the latest Lulz attacks by the Anonymous hacktivists.

“A self-styled spokesman for the group calling himself “Coldblood” has said that any website that’s “bowing down to government pressure” is a target. PayPal ceased processing donations to the site, and PostFinance froze WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s account. The attacks are being performed under the Operation: Payback banner; Operation: Payback is the name the group is using in its long-running attacks on the RIAA, MPAA, and other organizations involved with anti-piracy lawsuits.”

“The initial attacks against PayPal were substantially ineffective; the PayPal blog was taken offline, but the main PayPal site wasn’t harmed. The attacks against PostFinance, however, have resulted in the bank’s website being unavailable for more than 16 hours. It remains unavailable at the time of writing. The latest target is the site of the Swedish prosecutors in Assange’s sexual misconduct trial. This too appears to be offline. Twitter has also been named as a future attack target, due to its claimed censorship of the #wikileaks hashtag.”

Operation: Payback was formed by Anonymous forces several months ago to launch  DDoS attacks against “major anti-piracy & anti-freedom entities.”

DataCell, the data hosting company that powers WikiLeaks’ donations page, is threatening to sue Visa and MasterCard for banning payments made to WikiLeaks, saying the credit card companies’ actions are hurting its business.

Meanwhile, according to Anonymous’ Twitter account Anon_Operation, MasterCard is still a target. “Current Target: www.mastercard.com | Grab your weapons here,” reads the latest salvo in the WikiLeaks revenge operation.

PayPal may also be targeted again, as well, with the news that the company froze WikiLeaks’ account, after receiving a letter from the U.S. State Department, warning PayPal that Assange’s activities in leaking stolen military documents and U.S. diplomatic cables are illegal.

Photo Source: Wikimedia/Flickr/Vincent Diamante/ Anonymous at Scientology in Los Angeles/Creative Commons Attribution.


Comments

7 Responses to “4Chan’s Anonymous Hordes Revenge-Hack for WikiLeaks”

  1. Schades on December 8th, 2010 6:11 pm

    This is just the start. The government has started taking away our freedoms one by one since the 9/11 attack which gave them the Patriot Act. Be warned US of A, you can only push people so far before somebody starts giving a damn and pushes back. The USA is turning into a socialist country and they’re doing it slow just like Hitler did to the Jews. Taking away one small thing at a time until you get arrested for talking bad about the Regime…. oops i mean US Government.

    The government tries to pass bills like
    1. you cant kill your own cattle without paying the government a fee.
    2. you cant grow your own vegetables without passing a government mandated program.
    3. You own Arms but not use them to defend yourself without going to jail (I thought bearing arms was a constitutional right? Oh that’s right the government doesn’t care…. my bad)
    4. You’re forced to pay retirement dues on others account, and soon will be forced to enroll in “Government Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” in which 50% of the balance will go to the USA when you die….. instead of your heirs. 401(k)’s, 403(b)’s and IRA’s will be forced to roll funds into government apportioned accounts.
    5. COICA – The US Gov. decides what websites are and are not allowed WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW. You dont like it, the government doesn’t care.

    So in other words, the government doesn’t want us to be able to grow our own food, kill our own animals, defend ourselves, have freedom of speech, no freedom of information act or Free Enterprise.
    Sound like USSR or Nazi Germany, Or Stalin? Yea I though so…..

    We have a president who cannot prove he was born here and yet here he is our president. We impeach Clinton because he has extra-marital affairs but ignore the fact the Obama was NEVER ELIGIBLE to BE president. Of course our votes dont matter anyway what with the electoral colleges having the power to decide what we want for us regardless of popular vote.

    Obama tells other nations to stop censorship of the internet then does this? Wake up America. Start caring or it’ll be too late when you do.

  2. An American on December 8th, 2010 9:51 pm

    Yes America, Wake up! And realise that compared to EVERY other country in the world, you live in paradise. Learn to shut the [edited] up and stop moaning about how EASY your lives our. Try living in a country thats REALLY [edited] up before you start complain about your RIDICULOUSLY LOW GAS PRICES.

  3. The Morgan Doctrine on December 8th, 2010 9:53 pm

    War of the imbeciles? Hackers can’t come up with anything more creative that DDoS attacks, and the “best and the brightest” from the US government can’t figure out a way to shut down Wikileaks. Glad somebody who knows what they’re doing isn’t involved in this fracus.

  4. db on December 8th, 2010 10:53 pm

    Schades, when you blabber dumb things like Obama wasn’t born here and compare the US to Hitler’s Germany, it discredits everything else you say. It makes you sound like a fool. Careful everybody, Schades could be flying himself into a government building near you.

  5. jack on December 9th, 2010 1:36 am

    Shame on us all for sleeping so long. For taking care of ourselves and little else. The nazi’s did indeed win the war. But they were never strictly german. We were always eugenicists in this country. Remember how STUNNED hitler was when we got involved? We were on his side, and betrayed germany. We took their scientists and weapons facilities lock stock and barrel. And now our country does not resemble America in any way.

    Shame on you db for not fighting for humanity. If you are a human, you should side with humanity. If your allegiances are to anything else, you are not a person, but a monster. And you are most CERTAINLY a fascist (NATIONAL SOCIALIST = NAZI)

  6. Daniel on December 9th, 2010 4:54 pm

    Conspiracy theory’s aren’t fun man, don’t assume things, all your doing is making an ass out of you and me, jackass.

  7. Anon on December 16th, 2010 5:57 pm

    “War of the imbeciles? Hackers can’t come up with anything more creative that DDoS attacks, and the “best and the brightest” from the US government can’t figure out a way to shut down Wikileaks. Glad somebody who knows what they’re doing isn’t involved in this fracus.”

    - Very well said.

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