Wikileaks has been under DDoS attack for the last five days

Wikileaks has been under DDoS attack for the last five days

Summary: Wikileaks has been fighting a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack since last week. The organization saw a similar attack in May 2012. That one lasted four days. This one has been going on for five days, and counting.

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Wikileaks has been under DDoS attack for the last five days

WikiLeaks is down. The site has been down for the last five days, during which it has been experiencing a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

This isn't the first time this has happened. Back in May, Wikileaks was also taken down by a DDoS attack. That one lasted four days, however, meaning this one has already gone on for longer, according to the site's Twitter account.

The first tweet was sent out on August 3:

WikiLeaks.org is down for unknown reasons. We are investigating. wikileaks.org is still up.
#WikiLeaks donation page and FDNN portal down. You can still donate via supporter merchandise: http://wikileaks.spreadshirt.com/ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/wikileaksbeattheblockade2
WikiLeaks has been under sustained large scale DDoS attacks since August 3. Help us purchase more bandwidth: http://shop.wikileaks.org/donate
Speculation on DDoS attack against WikiLeaks timing: 1. Olympics cover 2. Upcomng release. 3. Ongoing Syria, Stratfor releases
Wikileaks est actuellement sous le feu d’une attaque DDOS d’ampleur.
wlcentral.org and http://justice4assange.com are now down.
Update: http://wikileaks.org https://secure.fdn2.org/fdn2/nouser http://cabledrum.net/ still down. http://wlcentral.org/ http://justice4assange.com/ back online.
UPDATE: WikiLeaks battles ongoing DDoS attack
#WikiLeaks .onion mirror available: http://isax7s5yooqgelbr.onion/ Accessible only through Tor.

The attack is a very broad one. Most WikiLeaks mirrors have been brought offline as well, with some coming back today. Even sites simply related to WikiLeaks have been targeted.

These include the WikiLeaks-endorsed website Cabledrum, including its mirror of the WikiLeaks website, and French non-profit FDNN, which hosts a WikiLeaks' donation portal. The latter was attacked shortly after WikiLeaks linked to it as an alternative to donate while the WikiLeaks website is down. WL Central and Justice for Assange were also attacked for a short period of time.

Update at 9:30 AM PST - As pointed out in the comments, a group called AntiLeaks is claiming responsibility for the attack, and has issued the following statement:

You can call me DietPepsi. I am the leader of AntiLeaks. We are not doing this to call attention to ourselves. We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at aslyum in Ecuador.

Assange is the head of a new breed of terrorist. We are doing this as a protest against his attempt to escape justice into Ecuador. This would be a catalyst for many more like him to rise up in his place. We will not stop and they will not stop us.

Apparently they're from the U.S., believe Julian Assange is a terrorist, and plan to keep attacking WikiLeaks for as long as possible. When I say "apparently" I mean I have no idea if they really are American (actually, I doubt they are).

Update at 10:00 AM PST - A mirror of Wikileaks' files can be found here: mirror.wikileaks-press.org.

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Emil Protalinski

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  • Group takes responsibility for the attacks.

    A group calling themselves "AntiLeaks" has taken responsibility for the attacks on there twitter.

    Twitter.com/AntiLeaks
    EERT1
  • Government or Ultra right wing crazies?

    Is this government inspired or the work of ultra right wing crazies. The former is more likely as the ultra right crazies are not known for enough intelligence to do anything like this.
    gertruded
    • But on the other hand...

      the left wing crazies are so lazy they would expect someone else to do it for them.
      Test Subject
      • What do you call Anonymous?

        Right wing crazies?
        John L. Ries
      • But on yet the other, OTHER hand....

        I have to ask, like who? Some other "left-wing crazies" who are, erm, ALSO too lazy to do it themselves so they expect some OTHER "left-wing crazies" etc. etc. etc.
        Only a right-wing nutjob would even think such a circular paradox of illogical nonsense was worth typing and posting.
        Kublakhanonomous
    • Hard to say....

      ...but I'm guessing the latter, unless of course, there's something on Wikileaks that offended the Russian or Chinese governments. It's theoretically possible that the U.S. government would do such a thing, but there would be lawsuits from the owners of the commandeered computers and horrible publicity if the perpetrators were caught (authoritarian governments don't care so much about stuff like that).
      John L. Ries
  • "(actually, I doubt they are)"

    Why in the world do you doubt they're American?
    Bjorn Larsen
    • because Denial Of Service attacks are illegal

      DoS attacks are illegal in the United States under a computer abuse section, provided that interstate commerce has been affected. In that case anyone who suffers loss can sue the perpetrator(s) in a United States District Court. Various states also have statutes against cyber attacks.
      That means the hosting provider of Wikileaks can sue a US resident to recover the cost of bandwidth that they can't charge to Wikileaks because the traffic was not legitimite.
      And it's pretty to get the address of the perpetrator. All you need is to file a case and have your attorney walk up to the ISP with a subpoena.
      Christopher Mettin
  • No Tin Foil Hat.... BUT!

    I honestly believe somebody's being paid to take down certain web sites on the internet. It would not surprise me if it was the US Government, the MPAA, RIAA, or a combined effort, as we all know corporations run the United States. Various bit-torrent sites have been under DOS attacks as well, including Demonoid, who's owner were arrested in Mexico.

    ??
    Mrwirez
  • DDoS

    With all the fire wikileaks has been under for the last year or so I am surprised this has not happened sooner.
    lipanitech
  • Where's the sense?

    These AntiLeaks guys are fighting against... what? Freedom of Information? Information about government policies, military conduct... things that most media outlets do not report, but that people still should have the right to know?

    Here's a question: What did WikiLeaks threaten to expose (or may have exposed) prior to the AntiLeaks DDoS attack?

    I doubt Iran, China, Russia or many other countries would have a hand in it. US policies are not always welcome in EVERY country (I'm in Australia, and I have no problem with our country agreeing on similar policies if they make sense, and there is no detrimental effect for this country's citizens), so my guess would be that this organisation has something they don't want exposed...?
    dmh_paul