Anonymous takes up the fight for WikiLeaks

Members of infamous hacker group Anonymous have reportedly taken up WikiLeaks' cause, launching denial of service attacks on a range of sites connected to founder Julian Assange.

According to Ars Technica, Anonymous has attacked sites including PayPal, Swiss bank PostFinance and the site of the Swedish prosecutors in Mr Assange's sexual assault case. An Anonymous member going by the alias Coldblood has told the BBC that targets are being made of sites that are ''bowing down to government pressure''.

"As an organisation we have always taken a strong stance on censorship and freedom of expression on the internet and come out against those who seek to destroy it by any means,'' he said.

The group expressed a similar sentiment on their website, stating that they ''will find and will attack those who stand against Wikileaks and we will support WikiLeaks in everything they need.''

PayPal was reportedly the group's first target after the company cut off WikiLeaks' account - the PayPal blog went offline for a short time yesterday, though the main site appeared unaffected. Attacks against PostFinance, who closed Mr Assange's account earlier this week, appear to have been more successful - Ars Technica reports the bank's site went offline for more than 16 hours. It remained inaccessible as of 1AM EST, but had come back online by 4.45AM.

Further attacks are reportedly planned against Twitter, after it was claimed the site had prevented the #wikileaks hashtag from appearing in the trending topics list. Twitter has denied the claims, saying there are a number of factors that determine whether a topic is trending or not.

Seemingly in response to actions by Anonymous, the group's site was itself taken down by a denial of service attack late yesterday, but was online by 5AM EST after it was moved to a new server.

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I'm sick of hearing people say that Assange stole these documents and published them. Get the damn facts right, he was given these documents by someone from inside and then chose to publish them. I don't know, to me that's not stealing. Stealing is if you go into a store or someones house and take things that aren't yours or take it without paying for it. That's stealing, it's not stealing when they're handed to you.. ugh.

I think it's time for the DNS registrar of 4chan to get a clue and shutter it.

Nothing but a bunch of angst-ridden, body-cutting, spatch-and-scat loving teenage punks whose collective lives suck so deeply that they have a self-imposed mandate to drag the world down to their bottom-feeding level.

Screw'em

Doli said,
Would Anonymous still be heroes if they took down Neowin?

Would government take down neowin site, find 2 women to file rape cases vs neowin owners, if neowin published documents revealing the corruption in the political system ?

Probably yes

Doli said,
Would Anonymous still be heroes if they took down Neowin?

I don't see Neowin stepping in anyways way and bending under pressure from the US Government and than dishing out some BS excuse all of a sudden to cease business with Wikileaks after years, but however if a news article was published here by a editor with detailed things about Anon/Wikileaks that was highly false than I could see them as a target and I wouldn't say a word about it We're all here for the truth after all

I do not see how preventing the publication of stolen (classified, government) property on the Internet is censorship.

Unless they know for sure they shouldn't be even helping him until he is proven not guilty. Then it would still be anon fail.

Kudos!!! I support internet freedom, and as governments take all steps necessary to do what they think is right, so must the people.

Gabureiru said,
Kudos!!! I support internet freedom, and as governments take all steps necessary to do what they think is right, so must the people.


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According to Ars Technica, Anonymous has attacked sites including PayPal, Swiss bank PostFinance and the site of the Swedish prosecutors in Mr Assange's sexual assault case.

So they are defending Rapists and ****?

awesome, Anonymous fails again.

Shadowzz said,

So they are defending Rapists and ****?

awesome, Anonymous fails again.

There are accusations, No convictions as yet.

Shadowzz said,

So they are defending Rapists and ****?

awesome, Anonymous fails again.

Yeah because everyone is guilty until proven other wise.... /s

Shadowzz said,

So they are defending Rapists and ****?

awesome, Anonymous fails again.

Well he hasn't been found guilty, yet but a look into his past and you will find some shady on-goings. They did story on him yesterday on the radio. Very interesting, I wish I could link it.

Well only reason why Postfinance was hit yesterday morning was due to the account that was frozen was for Julian Assange's defence funds for court. PostFinance called it a account closure cause Assange wasn't a resident in Sweden when opening the account..

What I don't understand is the fact that they allowed him to keep the account up until just recently and still clam it was due to incorrect information when he opened the account.

Gotta say I don't like PayPal/Ebay based on 2 factors.

I sold my car (a piece of crap) 3 times on ebay and even wrote this car is on it's last legs would be good for salvaging and has a strong engine but other than that its worthless.

3 people turned up, 3 people went without paying - said to ebay I am not paying fees for an item that hasn't been sold on 3 occasions, if anything charge the buyers who are wasting my time.

Never the less they wouldn't retract the £8 fee.

Secondly, just sold a perfectly working computer.

Guy said there were problems caused loads of issues with PayPal and returned the item, I inspected absolutely nothing wrong said to PayPal I would return the computer back to the guy, and before I sent the email they took the funds out of my account and said resolved.

Now in a big argument as charging me £50 in fees via ebay and paypal intotal for an item that sold for £250 that is in perfect working order.

Complete joke!

That aside, internet warfare - interesting stuff..

xXTOKERXx said,
Gotta say I don't like PayPal/Ebay based on 2 factors.

I sold my car (a piece of crap) 3 times on ebay and even wrote this car is on it's last legs would be good for salvaging and has a strong engine but other than that its worthless.

3 people turned up, 3 people went without paying - said to ebay I am not paying fees for an item that hasn't been sold on 3 occasions, if anything charge the buyers who are wasting my time.

Never the less they wouldn't retract the £8 fee.

Secondly, just sold a perfectly working computer.

Guy said there were problems caused loads of issues with PayPal and returned the item, I inspected absolutely nothing wrong said to PayPal I would return the computer back to the guy, and before I sent the email they took the funds out of my account and said resolved.

Now in a big argument as charging me £50 in fees via ebay and paypal intotal for an item that sold for £250 that is in perfect working order.

Complete joke!

That aside, internet warfare - interesting stuff..

Completely irrelevant statement. This isn't about how good a service is, it's about a bunch of fools taking down organisations websites (and in some cases, failing miserably), and potentially ruining the financial situation for many many innocent people.

Wow hypocrites. YAy freedom of speech for only the sites who agree with us. If you dont you get to be taken down.

DDOSing sites you do not agree with is being a hypocrite.

majortom1981 said,
Wow hypocrites. YAy freedom of speech for only the sites who agree with us. If you dont you get to be taken down.

DDOSing sites you do not agree with is being a hypocrite.

No, these sites are stopping/blocking freedom of speech by bowing down to government pressure. You cannot donate to Wikileaks via PayPal, PostFinance shut down Assange's bank account and obviously the "prosecutors" website over these convenient, yes convenient allegations of "rape". Anonymous is simply fighting back for Wikileaks and Assange's rights and somehow, I don't think writing letters is going to help and do the job.

majortom1981 said,
Wow hypocrites. YAy freedom of speech for only the sites who agree with us. If you dont you get to be taken down.

DDOSing sites you do not agree with is being a hypocrite.

FYI, Freedom of Speech is only guaranteed from the government, not private business. If Neowin wants to ban you because you call someone names, they can.

majortom1981 said,
Wow hypocrites. YAy freedom of speech for only the sites who agree with us. If you dont you get to be taken down.

DDOSing sites you do not agree with is being a hypocrite.

Is that why the government is DDOSing WikiLeaks?

Billus said,

No, these sites are stopping/blocking freedom of speech by bowing down to government pressure. You cannot donate to Wikileaks via PayPal, PostFinance shut down Assange's bank account and obviously the "prosecutors" website over these convenient, yes convenient allegations of "rape". Anonymous is simply fighting back for Wikileaks and Assange's rights and somehow, I don't think writing letters is going to help and do the job.

They are still being hypocrites. taking things down that people depend on to pay bills is being a hypocrite. Thats like killing my mother because the federal government wont let you go to a website.

PS read the reports people are having trouble paying anything online via a mastercard.. this means bills also

No, these sites are stopping/blocking freedom of speech by bowing down to government pressure. You cannot donate to Wikileaks via PayPal, PostFinance shut down Assange's bank account and obviously the "prosecutors" website over these convenient, yes convenient allegations of "rape". Anonymous is simply fighting back for Wikileaks and Assange's rights and somehow, I don't think writing letters is going to help and do the job.

+1

spartyjohnson said,
With all of the DDOS going on within the internet this kind of feels like a War. Or an Epic Battle.
More like scriptkiddies running wild.

Doing this will in no way help Wikileaks, it will only earn them scorn by association and be a huge pain for a lot of bystanders. This is nothing but an excuse to cause mischief (even if some of them deserve it, unrelated to Julian Assange)

thornz0 said,
Doing this will in no way help Wikileaks, it will only earn them scorn by association and be a huge pain for a lot of bystanders. This is nothing but an excuse to cause mischief (even if some of them deserve it, unrelated to Julian Assange)

I have to agree with you there. Many companies that dropped them cited unethical content, lying ect..... Now they are being backed by hackers. It will get to the point where they wont be able to do business anywhere. At that point the only people that will be able to find the information are the tech swavvy, that doesnt help their cause.

Woah ... wtf? They're punishing PayPal users!!!! That's out of line. What if someone says "I need paypal today or I'll lose the chance to buy this limited edition [insert item here]" and then PayPal goes down?

That's not an honourable or worthwhile move from these people. Man, I wish they'd use their talents for something worthwhile instead of annoying normal every day people who don't have anything to do with this.

I'm guessing by the fact that PayPal was unaffected, they have a pretty solid system. Which is a good thing obviously.

Neobond said,
PayPal are anything but saints.

Agreed. I was wrongfully banned from PayPal for a good two months until I felt the urge to call them (after making 10 phone calls prior) one day and the Supervisor apologized and said that whoever has been reviewing my case (10 different people) made a mistake and I should NOT have been banned.

I use them again of course, mainly because its simpler for eBay transactions.

Neobond said,
PayPal are anything but saints.

Of course not! But is that your fault? Or mine? Or any of the millions of customers who use it to purchase goods for Christmas gifts etc? No. And it's downright out of line, and wrong for these hackers to try and ruin people's purchases. It's not clever and it's far from the right thing to do. It's narrow minded and stupid. But hey. I can't stop it, I'm just stating my opinion.

Spirit Dave said,

That's not an honourable or worthwhile move from these people. Man, I wish they'd use their talents for something worthwhile instead of annoying normal every day people who don't have anything to do with this.

Cause it requires a great deal of talent to download a program that attacks websites for you.
</sarcasm>

smartin0115 said,

Cause it requires a great deal of talent to download a program that attacks websites for you.
</sarcasm>

Well, whatever ... I am not a hacker, and I know nothing about this, as I assume even the majority of Neowin also doesn't. Don't get why you wrote the remark. Hardly counters my argument. Point still stands ... these morons should leave financial systems alone, as it affects potentially millions of innocent people, and in doing what they're doing, they're using innocents as revenge.

Spirit Dave said,

Well, whatever ... I am not a hacker, and I know nothing about this, as I assume even the majority of Neowin also doesn't. Don't get why you wrote the remark. Hardly counters my argument. Point still stands ... these morons should leave financial systems alone, as it affects potentially millions of innocent people, and in doing what they're doing, they're using innocents as revenge.

I would assume otherwise. Although I agree, trying to take down Paypal is just stupid.

The twitter hashtag thing is odd indeed, because apparently "wikileaks" is indeed the top trending topic. But I remember them changing the way trending topics were displayed not long ago.

It would be quite ironic if twitter was taken down because of the side effects of changing the algorithm to prevent Justin Bieber from making the list

Update: this is twitter's explanation back in May. http://mashable.com/2010/05/14...c-algorithm-bye-bye-bieber/

Since Wikileaks has been hot for more than few days, I think this is the result of the algorithm kicking in.

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