The WikiLeaks website is the most famous one in the world right now. Yet the WikiLeaks website is also the most targeted site in the world by those who hate its content. Since it offers a safe haven to whistleblowers, and the secrets they leak, it is constantly under threat and legal action. With their most recent posting of secret diplomatic cables, the site’s enemies have yet another excuse to target them. In fact, WikiLeaks claims the website is under its strongest cyber attack to date today.
Users in the United State and Europe are having a hard time accessing the site, and its various bombshell documents, this morning. According to the site’s Twitter account, a massive “distributed denial of service attack” has been organized against them.
This attack has made the site slow to access, if not inaccessible altogether. The “DDOS” process allows hackers to slow down or bring down any site they target. According to the Twitter post, they are attacking at 10 gigabits per second, which is rather damaging.
If this is true, it has come a bit too late, since their latest leak has already spread well beyond the site. Pundits, experts and bloggers have been reposting and debating the leaked cables for two days, so the secret is already out. At this point, making the hosts inaccessible would do little to contain the damage.
To hear supporters say it, however, targeting WikiLeaks like this is nothing new, and may go beyond normal hacking. The U.S. government is already investigating founder Julian Assange, and could be preparing to charge him under the Espionage Act.
Assange is already facing charges of sexual molestation in Sweden, and just had his appeal denied last week by Swedish courts. But no matter how much legal trouble he and the site are in, many believe it is all a trumped-up conspiracy to keep them from exposing corruption and war crimes.
Even though WikiLeaks is under fresh attacks, they are vowing to go on anyway. In fact, they might have already teased their next big expose, as Assange told Forbes Magazine that he will next expose a “major American bank” and that he still has “a trove of secret documents” left.
Assange and the site are remaining as defiant as ever, even with WikiLeaks under more scrutiny than ever before. But despite the legal and online attacks against them, it may only inspire them to keep going harder.
WikiLeaks (wikileaks) on Twitter
Washington Post- “WikiLeaks founder could be charged under Espionage Act”
Forbes Magazine- “An Interview With WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange”