Hackers Mess With WikiLeaks

Denial-of-service attack took site offline yesterday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2010 3:07 AM CST
Wikileaks 'Hacked Before Document Release'
Screenshot of Wikileaks' latest leak.   (Wikileaks)

WikiLeaks says it came under cyberattack yesterday as it prepared to release huge numbers of classified American diplomatic cables. "We are currently under a mass denial-of-service attack," it said on its Twitter feed, adding that the information in the cables would be published in newspapers including the Guardian and New York Times even if the site was taken offline.

The website was inaccessible for most of yesterday, but it has managed to post more than 200 of the 251,287 cables it says it has. The ones online are indexed here. A cybersecurity experts tells AP that it's unlikely that the US government would resort to methods as amateurish as denial-of-service attacks, in which remote computers commandeered by rogue programs bombard a website with so many data packets that it becomes overwhelmed and unavailable to visitors. The attack was probably the work of "a bunch of geeks who've decided they're annoyed with WikiLeaks," he says.
(Read more WikiLeaks stories.)

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