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!).”
“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.