Wikileaks has been under DDoS attack for the last three days

Wikileaks has been under DDoS attack for the last three days

Summary: The Pirate Bay is down. Wikileaks is down. Visa was down. Are all these Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks a coincidence? Right now it's not clear, but something is definitely happening.

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Update - The Pirate Bay returns, Anonymous hater takes credit for DDoS

After covering The Pirate Bay Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack and Anonymous' denial of responsibility for it, I've been checking the torrent site's Facebook Page every so often. The Pirate Bay said it thought it might know who was behind the attack, so I was curious if they would post it today. They haven't yet, but they did just post this:

Wikileaks.org is also under attack. This sure is the year of the storm... As predicted here: https://thepiratebay.se/blog/204

I checked, and indeed Wikileaks is down for me. The site's Twitter account sent this message out five hours ago: "WikiLeaks has been under sustained DDOS attacks over the last 72 hours. http://www.wikileaks.org is good, http://wikileaks.org is flooded."

At the time of writing, Down for everyone or just me confirms it: "It's not just you! http://wikileaks.org looks down from here." As you can see in the screenshot above, Is it down right now agrees as well: "Wikileaks.org is DOWN for everyone. It is not just you. The server is not responding..."

While looking around for more information about the Wikileaks attack, I happened to stumble on this message from LulzPirate, which has 32,900 followers: "TANGO DOWN: http://Visa.com - Enjoy! #UG #WikiLeaks." I saw it just a few minutes after it was posted.

I tried going to visa.com and indeed it failed. I couldn't believe my eyes as I read the "Service Unavailable" message.

I checked Down for everyone or just me and was given this message: "It's not just you! http://visa.com looks down from here." A few refreshes later, I got: "It's just you. http://visa.com is up."

Phew, okay so two out of three. The Visa attack was clearly just a temporarily blip, and not another massive DDoS attack like Wikileaks and The Pirate Pay seem to be experiencing. What a day.

It seems to me that the fact both The Pirate Bay and Wikileaks are down due to a DDoS attack is no coincidence. We're not talking about a few minutes here or even a few hours, we're talking about days of outage.

It takes a considerable number of computers and connections, not to mention effort and skill, to conduct one such attack, let alone two. The two could be unrelated, but right now I'm finding that very hard to believe. Either way, the question remains: who could be behind these attacks?

Update - The Pirate Bay returns, Anonymous hater takes credit for DDoS

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Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • Emil, take a chill pill

    [i]I tried going to visa.com and indeed it failed. I couldn???t believe my eyes as I read the ???Service Unavailable??? message. [...] Phew [...] What a day.[/i]

    There's little anyone can do to stop these attacks, but they aren't exactly the second coming of Pearl Harbor. The bigger question remains: who's behind them, and who ultimately profits by - and/or funds - a lot of these HTTP floods? Is it social protestors, hacktivist collectives, or corporate slimeballs looking to ding their competitors?

    How about government rogues and proxies working via back channels, be it foreign or even our own? Who's to say?

    Until we pinpoint the instigators, little progress will be made on this front. DDoS attacks will become even more alarming when they can be sustained indefinitely. Then you'll really have something to [s]collapse[/s] fret over, especially if one is aimed at ZDNet. ;)
    klumper
  • Microsoft sponsored anti-P2P attacker Pirate Pay unleashed

    Maybe Pirate Pay has gone [i]rogue[/i]?
    Move-the-mouse
  • Another false flag

    Probably CIA/Intel community is doing it - they create a problem, by hacking big sites themselves, use it to blame Anonymous or whoever they're after, then run around screaming for the need for more cyber security laws. Probably more false flag ops ... blame Iran, blame North Korea, blame China, blame Russia, whoever they want to drag us into war with and remove our rights, track us, hunt us down with drones. If they arrest anyone, it will probably be someone they recruited and turned into an "informant" and set them up.
    clmiami
    • so obvious

      But ogham's razor could be wrong, it could be someone trying to make it look like the CIA in order to get people to deny the CIA the laws and legislation it needs to control security in cyberspace in order that they can continue to rob travellers, hijack their ships and demand ransoms.
      brucedenney
      • Playing the double-fence are we?

        I do believe you mean Ockhams Razor, also known as the Law of Parsimony.
        And yes, sometimes it functions more as a logical fallacy than a proper logical method.
        just because an explanation is simpler, does not make the assumption a correct one.

        Case-in-point: it is much simpler to believe that the world around you and everyone that inhabits it is a figment of your imagination, but we all know from growing up that is simply not the case ...despite what Descartes and the creators of The Matrix might have you believe.
        Also, your attempt of deliberately looking stupid could not be more transparent.
        Neferius Nexus
  • Could it be?

    Could it possibly be "th3j35t3r"?
    BigPaisan
  • http://mirror.wikileaks.info/ still works or atleast in finland.

    You can get to wikileaks website with this link http://mirror.wikileaks.info/

    Other good site is http://wikileaks.info/

    Those two help you get pass that lame ddos attack.

    I hope you get all those corrupted lawbreaking companys to answer for their crimes on some point. They have lots of money and they will do anything they can to try get people believe that wikileaks is bad but its not. Wikileaks is only telling truth and thats not bad its good thing.
    OpenInternet