WikiLeaks supporters’ cyberattack on Amazon.com appears unsuccessful [Updated]

By on December 9, 2010 at 11:20 AM.

WikiLeaks supporters’ cyberattack on Amazon.com appears unsuccessful [Updated]

Global hacker group “Anonymous” announced its plans Thursday morning to launch a cyberattack on Amazon.com. The attack is part of a larger endeavor called “Operation Payback,” which targets the websites of companies the group believes to have impeded WikiLeaks’ efforts to disseminate information. Recent targets include Visa and Mastercard.

Anonymous’ cyberattack on Amazon.com was scheduled to commence at 11:00am Eastern, yet Amazon.com has not experienced any downtime as of 11:20am. As a result, it appears as though the attacks on Amazon.com have been unsuccessful.

UPDATE: Shortly before noon, the group gave up on its plan to attack Amazon.com. Instead, it is currently focusing its efforts on Paypal, though the site has not yet gone offline.

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WikiLeaks supporters target Amazon.com with next cyberattack

By on December 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM.

WikiLeaks supporters target Amazon.com with next cyberattack

A global, ever-expanding team of hackers called “Anonymous” has announced its next target in a series of cyberattacks that have taken down multiple websites over the past few days. Among its targets were the websites of both Visa and Mastercard following news that the institutions would cease delivery of funds that had been donated to WikiLeaks. Using Twitter to announce the attack, the group is preparing to take down Amazon.com, presumably due to the company’s abrupt cancellation of its hosting agreement with WikiLeaks after being pressured by the Department of Homeland Security.  The attack on Amazon.com will begin at 11:00am Eastern.

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WikiLeaks changes domain name, moves to Switzerland

By on December 3, 2010 at 7:31 AM.

WikiLeaks changes domain name, moves to Switzerland

After being ousted by Amazon’s Web Services, the controversial site WikiLeaks has run into another snafu, this time with its DNS provider, EveryDns.net. Via a statement, EveryDns stated that due to “interference issues” that are affecting the service of others, the company has ceased resolving wikileaks.org; the service was provided to WikiLeaks for free. In response to the DNS shutdown, WikiLeaks tweeted the following message:

WIKILEAKS: Free speech has a number: http://88.80.13.160

In a subsequent tweet, the company then announced that it had moved to Switzerland; the site’s new domain name is now wikileaks.ch.

A very vocal opponent of the WikiLeaks cable publishings has been the Independent Senator from Connecticut, Joe Lieberman. The Senator has introduced legislation, dubbed the SHIELD (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination) Act, that would make it illegal to publish information “concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States or any foreign government” or information relating to “a classified source or informant.” We have to wonder where Sen. Lieberman’s legislation was when CIA operative Valerie Plame was outed. No word on when the new legislation will hit the Senate floor.

Meanwhile, Amazon has released a statement stating that the reason for its removal of WikiLeaks’ data from its AWS servers was not a result of denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks or government pressure, but rather the fact that the site did not operate within Amazon’s terms of service. More →

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WikiLeaks ousted by Amazon according to report [Updated]

By on December 1, 2010 at 2:05 PM.

WikiLeaks ousted by Amazon according to report [Updated]

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Amazon.com may have ended its hosting agreement with controversial website WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks returned to the spotlight recently when it published a bevy of confidential diplomatic cables. Following the release, dubbed “Cable Gate,” WikiLeaks fell under cyberattacks and has been offline sporadically all week. According to the official WikiLeaks Twitter account, DDOS attacks that exceeded 10Gbps targeted the site earlier this week. While the origin of the alleged attacks remains unknown, WikiLeaks has reportedly been taken offline by its host, Amazon.com. Though the site’s homepage remains live, all subdomains appear to be down. Amazon.com did not confirm or deny the AP’s report.

UPDATE: According to a statement from Senator Joe Lieberman, Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Amazon.com has agreed to stop hosting WikiLeaks. More →

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