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Is the USA Attacking Wikileaks.org With Denial of Service Attacks?

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It has been reported that Wikileaks.org was taken down because of massive denial of service attacks. This raises the question, "Who is coordinating these attacks?" Some experts have speculated that some hackers who were annoyed by Wikileaks unleashed these attacks. I don't buy it. There's something more interesting going on here. I think the US government may be involved and that raises a lot of questions.

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I know about denial of service attacks. My site has been hit by them numerous times. Generally, you know that your site is under attack because it slows down, totally fails to load or you start getting reports from multiple locations all over the world that the site is down. But it is not usually entirely down. Some people get through.

Checking the server, if you are under a Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDOSA) you will see that many sites are "hitting" the server, taking up its resources, so it takes longer to access the server, if it is even available at all.

You CAN identify the worst offending IP addresses. When we've had DDOSAs, we've seen IP addresses from Russia, China, the US, Africa-- all over the place.

The thing is, those IP addresses are theorized to represent computers that have been infected with special viruses designed to be turned on when activated. Hackers create the viruses, send them out to infect millions of computers and then the hackers hit a switch and start those infected computers logging on to Denial of Service Attack target sites.

When my site had serious problems with DOFAs, our server managers set up a firewall and started blacklisting the IP addresses that were the worst offenders and any IP address that acted in certain ways. I'm not server engineer, so I'm doing the best I can to explain this.

The point of this mini-lesson is that it takes advance planning, technology and strategizing to deploy the web resources necessary to start and maintain a DDOSA. Reports indicate that the attack on Wikileaks.org is far more massive than the average attack, volumewise.

I am speculating that the US, or perhaps one of its allies has built up either on its own, or through working with third parties, possibly including hackers, even third world hackers, since some of the best hackers are not in the US or first world countries, and that the attacks are under the direction of either the US or one of its allies or partners.

This would mean that the US or its partners are using spam and virus malware intentionally as a way to control a website-- in this case, shutting down wikkileaks.

This is not really surprising. In fact, it might even be reassuring, that the government has faced the reality that these technologies exist and have great power that should be accessible by appropriate government and military agencies. But the consideration that these technologies are being employed by the US also suggests that they can be employed by any government, or even corporations.

This raises some questions about controlling the use of DDOSAs as a strategic technology.

-Is it appropriate and acceptable for the government to do business with hackers that have sent out millions of viruses and malware?
-Is it appropriate and acceptable for the government to hire third party operatives or companies that do their work by spewing out viruses and malware?
-Is it acceptable for the US government to directly or indirectly infect millions or thousands of computers using malware designed to participate in Denial of Service Attacks?
-Should government agencies-- CIA, FBI, military, Homeland Security-- be allowed to use these technologies without getting authorization, like they used to have to get for wiretaps or setting up other intelligence gathering activities?


If you believe that some random hackers have brought down wikileaks.org with a massive DOFA far more powerful than those usually seen, then, well, don't worry

Recently, Homeland security shut down a few dozen file sharing websites that were accused of engaging in file sharing. Could the same legal premise be in use to shut down wikileaks? (I really don't get why copyright protection-- the goal of shutting down file sharing websites-- is the mission of homeland security.)

If you think that the US or one of it's allies or partners were involved, then we need to have a conversation about this, about the technology, the policies and how they are handled. Wikileaks has pissed off a lot of people, but I haven't seen any reports that the US has shown that Assange or his site have broken any laws.

There are some legislatiors and media people calling for Assange's assassination or execution. It looks like someone gave the order to "kill" the wikileaks website. Maybe we should talk about what that means to our laws, our rights and the future of the web.

This is no small consideration. Assange is ranked one of the 100 most powerful people in the world for good reason.

 

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Is what Assange does in response to these attacks.... by Larry Wohlgemuth on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 12:37:59 PM
I would first suspect the big corporations of tryi... by Paul Kruger on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:03:19 PM
Wikileaks has mirror sites online 24/7/366. Even ... by Michael Rose on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:58:11 PM
Wiki Leaks need to set up some distributed network... by Paul Kruger on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 2:58:37 PM
click hereHundreds of cables have been published b... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:26:26 PM
were to be leaked THAT would really be something t... by Charlene Richards on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 12:19:25 PM
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he has it set up that for everyone who visits his ... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:42:42 PM
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There is zero doubt that the U.S. intelligence [si... by Bruce Morgan on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:35:11 PM
The main damage caused by Wikileaks disclosures is... by John W. Bales on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:49:59 PM
why does our imperial government fear the truth ge... by edward stein on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:51:11 PM
Edward, please name a government that doesn't keep... by Roberto Benitez on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010 at 4:08:04 PM
From what I can understand so far a DOS (Denial of... by Margaret Bassett on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 4:10:30 PM
If you have I suggest getting another computer, sc... by David Roche on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 4:17:53 PM
wikileaks server in California shutdown the site b... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 4:19:41 PM
The more strategic question is: Hiow is Wikileaks... by Rafe Pilgrim on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 4:20:57 PM
becoming even more shadowy, especially now that th... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 5:53:44 PM
WikiLeaks Not a Whistleblower, Assange Not a Journ... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:14:18 PM
Rob, while your speculation that the US or its age... by Roberto Benitez on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 4:48:44 PM
... although the documents released by Assange and... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 5:44:15 PM
Michael, you raise a very valid concern, the abuse... by Roberto Benitez on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 5:59:58 PM
No doubt some mistakes have been made by wikileaks... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 8:18:54 PM
If you are referring to anything I said as being c... by Michael Shaw on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 8:26:15 PM
Michael, I wasn't referring to the WikiLeaks site ... by Roberto Benitez on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010 at 4:59:29 PM
showing if North Korea falls to the west, China wo... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 10:21:27 AM
From internet explorer. I wonder how long FaceBook... by Faith Carr on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 5:03:38 PM
The typical US response to what it doesn't like: "... by Kellia Ramares on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 5:06:39 PM
I have not been able to get into the wikileaks pol... by Peter Duveen on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:07:06 PM
I have not been able to get into the wikileaks pol... by Peter Duveen on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:07:08 PM
Geez....Please read this interview with Assange.Wh... by zonie on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:13:24 PM
FINALLY a voice of reason.... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:44:55 PM
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if he's technically blackmailing. He's not really ... by Adam Smith on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 10:14:34 PM
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have tried to use the leaks, rather dubiously to t... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 10:37:11 AM
I'm saying the most plausible source is MOSSAD, no... by Jim Arnold on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 1:07:04 PM
At best....Assange may just be a patsy.... by zonie on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 1:45:14 PM
things have happened.: )But definitively this is A... by Virginia Simson on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 2:01:33 PM
I read the Time interview you linked. Perhaps you... by R.A. on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 11:17:51 PM
But I know what I see.He wants social justice?I am... by zonie on Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 at 9:27:49 AM
and I intend to keep on making a fuss on the Web u... by Kyle Griffith on Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 at 2:57:00 PM
because I don't actually believe anything I see on... by zonie on Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 at 5:58:02 PM
The way only way to tell if what you've just stepp... by Kyle Griffith on Monday, Dec 6, 2010 at 3:23:04 PM
But you must know....it's going to get more diffic... by zonie on Monday, Dec 6, 2010 at 4:56:16 PM
To sell their souls and ours to Tel Aviv?Geez folk... by zonie on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:22:49 PM
they bought them with corporate campaign finance. ... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 10:57:27 AM
We would have and did have that boot print in the ... by zonie on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 5:25:08 PM
is invaluable if you want to understand Wikileaks ... by Virginia Simson on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 7:23:20 PM
is following the money that is funding this terror... by Laura Roberts on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:40:38 PM
Only problem is.........We the people....have no o... by zonie on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 5:52:35 PM
Check it out.The Wiki Hoax, by Gordon Duff Wikilea... by John-Paul Leonard on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 9:57:40 PM
WikilLeaks Attacks Reveal Surprising, Avoidable Vu... by Kevin Gosztola on Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 10:25:43 PM
...suffered a free speech deficit... What? We are ... by phidipidese on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 1:14:18 AM
the problem with the Old Testament, with fundie Xi... by Virginia Simson on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 9:46:17 AM
Good points.... by zonie on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 1:51:17 PM
If I recall correctly & you can still find the... by insydout on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 12:08:13 PM
Of Course the US government is behind the attacks ... by Ronnie Moehrke on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 3:45:24 PM
...access to facts and the truth cannot be denied.... by phidipidese on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 3:51:12 PM
I mean....who you gonna believe?The New York Times... by zonie on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at 5:46:52 PM
for all those who are misguided, and supporting hi... by GUY P. FRASER on Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 at 5:15:30 AM
They can occur on the internet too. And the gover... by zonie on Monday, Dec 6, 2010 at 5:05:31 PM