WikiLeaks was hit today with another denial-of-service attack as controversy about the massive document leak continued.
WikiLeaks was hit by another blow from a denial-of-service attack today.
Though the attack initially focused on cablegate.wikileaks.org
WikiLeaks is using to host its cache of diplomatic cables-the attackers
eventually moved on to wikileaks.org. Earlier today, WikiLeaks posted a
message on its Twitter feed that the attack had exceeded 10G bps.
"The attacks are likely to be symbolic more than anything else, as
several large media groups have already been supplied with the full set of
leaked messages," blogged
Paul Mutton of Netcraft.
A similar situation arose Nov. 28, just hours before WikiLeaks
more than 250,000 U.S.
embassy diplomatic cables online. In that case, a Twitter user going by the
claimed responsibility for the attack in a tweet, and listed a number of other
sites along with the message "TANGO DOWN" to indicate they had been
taken down as well.
As of publishing, both the wikileaks.org and
were back online.
Among the cables is a document accusing the Chinese government of
directing the Aurora attack that impacted Google, Adobe Systems, Juniper
Networks and numerous of other companies. China
has denied any involvement in the attack in the past, and has
reportedly blocked access to the WikiLeaks site from China
since Monday. Another cable discussed the possible implications of a
future collapse of North Korea.
takes note of the government reports," Hong Lei, a spokesman for China's
Foreign Ministry, was quoted as saying at a Beijing
news conference on Tuesday. "We hope the U.S.
side will handle the relevant issues. As for the content of the documents, we
will not comment on that."