The Hacker War Over Wikileaks

The Hacker War Over Wikileaks
technology

Operation: Payback targets foes of Julian Assange including Paypal, Twitter, PostFinance and Mastercard.

John Ryan
  • 8 december 2010

On Monday, December 6th, 2010, after Swiss bank PostFinance seized the account of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, an anonymous group of hackers quickly shut down the bank’s website in retaliation, only to find that they too were under cyber attack. The so-called Operation: Payback has been targeting perceived foes of Assange, including Paypal, Twitter, Assange’s Swedish prosecutors, and US Senator Joe Lieberman. In turn, Operation: Payback’s servers have been taken offline in Spain and Germany in DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks the group suspects as being the work of the US government. With 4chan taking down the Mastercard site and the US State Department warning Columbia University students against even discussing Wikileaks online, it is clear a major information war is underway.

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