So the biggest news story for the foreseeable future will be that Wikilieaks released a massive 251,287 communications documents between US embassies overseas and the State Department which is dubbed “Cablegate”.
As soon as the information was posted on Wikileaks.org the site suffered a DDOS attack or rather a Distributed Denial of Service Attack which made it impossible to access the site.
A DDOS attack or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended users. The attacks is generally carried out either by large groups of people who unanimously “flood” a server with false requests thus bringing the site to a crawl or making it unavailable to the intended users.
What you need to understand is that even 100 people attempting to DDOS a modern Internet server is a drop in the ocean and will basically have no effect.
What this DDOS attack did look like was anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds or thousands of computers all working in symphony. What I am describing is something known as a bot-net.
Bot-nets are usually created by different unscrupulous entities that infect computer systems of regular internet users with a little program, which when activated, basically turns the users computer into an accomplice in a DDOS attack. The scary part of all this is that the user might never be aware that his or her computer was subjugated into an army of computers to cause destruction.
There is another alternative bot-net but this one is pure speculation. The only entity that I can think of that would have the resources to create an effective Distributed Denial Of Service Attack, without having to resort to hijacking peoples computers, is none other than the government.
I do suspect that the US Government was behind this DDOS attack of Wikileaks.Org simply because it was so poorly run. It’s almost as if their fingerprints were all over this and I’m sure that once Wikileaks.org checks their server records they will have all the proof they need to outright accuse the US of this.
Another thing about DDOS attacks is that they are very much illegal. So if the US Government is caught doing an outright illegal act then as the old expression goes, “heads will roll.”
I spoke with former CIA Agent Boris Korczak and asked him who he thought was responsible for the DDOS attack on Wikileaks.
Without hesitating Boris told me, “Oh, without a doubt it was the US Government; more specifically the NSA.”
It’s interesting to note that yesterday, as though preparing to strike a future target, the US Government cracked down heavily on Torrent websites. It wasn’t just any old Governmental agency that did this but rather the Department or Homeland Security. Would someone please tell me what does the DHS have to do with Torrent sites? The only explanation that makes sense is that the Government was interested in stopping the flow of this information from Wikileaks.org then the trading of songs and video.
Personally I hope that this was the work of the Government because they can get away with something like this, to an extent anyway.
If it was an organized group of Citizens then may god have mercy on their souls because they just committed a major crime and have entered into the realm, though just slightly, of hacking.