WikiLeaks back in action after DDoS

It’s hard to keep WikiLeaks down; following the massive sustained DDoS attack by a group known as AntiLeaks, the Julian Assange’s whistleblower website is back in action.

The attacks started last week, with a group of self-described ‘young adults, citizens of the United States of America,’ creating widespread speculation that the US government was actually behind the DDoS. At one point, Wikileaks said that they were getting as much as 40 gigabytes of traffic every second, which is more than enough to paralyze anyone’s server, but the attack appears to have died down for the time being.

The attacks coincided with the release of documents involving TrapWire, a secret surveillance program that apparently ties together surveillance cameras across the world, linking them with facial recognition software and AI to spot ‘suspicious’ activity. Some messages even mentioned using the system against activists at landmarks.

Of course, we’ll probably never know if the US government was really involved in the attack (unless something concerning it gets leaked, of course). WikiLeaks has generated a lot of enemies in its brief lifetime, and the government is hardly the only entity that would like to see it go away.

Source: BBC

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One would have to be extremely naive to believe "antileaks" is anyone other than some faction of the US government (NSA? DoJ? CIA?).

I do not understand why people keep trying to take down content off the Internet. The moment that someone attempts to take something down, the Streisand effect starts to do its thing, and more attention is given to the thing you wish to censor, than it originally would have gotten if you did nothing at all.

There is no exception to this rule that I can think of. So anybody attempting this is just completely and utterly retarded, Or has never been on the Internet before.

Ad Man Gamer said,
I do not understand why people keep trying to take down content off the Internet. The moment that someone attempts to take something down, the Streisand effect starts to do its thing, and more attention is given to the thing you wish to censor, than it originally would have gotten if you did nothing at all.

There is no exception to this rule that I can think of. So anybody attempting this is just completely and utterly retarded, Or has never been on the Internet before.

Maybe they know that...?

Navan said,
And in other news, Assange gets political asylum from Ecuador.

Too bad he's still a prisoner in the embassy. If he tries to leave, he will be arrested, as such he has no way to get out of London.

Also Ecuador is gonna take a hit from the west.. even countries which don't support the US and such are not gonna support someone getting around arrest warrants and the like just by hiding in an embassy.

Also given he says he's all about freedom of information and speech and such, he picked an interesting place to stay, given that Ecuador had neither.