Reddit is undoubtedly the best place on the Internet. It is one place where computer nerds feel at home. Proving its awesomeness, Redditors have discovered the Twitter account of the attacker claiming the WikiLeaks DDoS attack.
It all started with a question,
I’m curious who’s actually responsible for this. The US is intelligent enough to realize that DDoS’ing Wikileaks is just going to annoy them and make them release more documents. As such, it wouldn’t surprise me if China or the like was actually doing it, so as to ensure Wikileaks gets angy and release more classified US material.
What followed was a usual Reddit conversation list and it is worth a read here.
Here is a snapshot of the possible Twitter account of the one pulling off the hack. The hacker who goes by the name of “The Jester” is a patriot and gained notice earlier this year for making a DoS attack on the Taliban website www.alemarah.info.
However, since the videos and documents have already been released by the news agencies, the DDoS is futile now.
The German Magazine Der Spiegel has suggested that WikiLeaks is going to make a release that will change many diplomatic connections the US holds currently. The release is scheduled for tomorrow at 4:30 PM EST.
WikiLeaks Central reports that the leaks will have the following content:
- Included are 251,287 cables and 8,000 diplomatic directives
- One cable dates back to 1966, but most are newer than 2004
- 9,005 documents date from the first two months of 2010
Der Spiegel says,
Almost half of those documents are unclassified, 40% are confidential and 6 are secret documents.
That is quite a release and the US government will have to face a lot of heat. However, as the release is nearing its deadline, the WikiLeaks site has faced a massive DDOS. Given the number of botnets running around this world, this can be the act of any government hired hacker group or any independent hacker group as well.
All that we have to confirm this DDOS is a tweet from the Wikileaks Twitter account, which says,
We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.
This should not be seen as a possible last measure by governments because if it is, it is all futile. In another tweet, the same Wikileaks account has claimed that The Guardian and the New York Times will publish some of those releases if WikiLeaks cannot in time. Either way, the Government is having a bad day tomorrow.
If you haven’t been following the news today, you might have missed a exciting one where both 4Chan and Tumblr were planning to take each other down. If you really missed it, head over to Techmeme to catch up on the news. 4Chan which has a notorious anonymous board at /b/ have been part of numerous takedowns in the past using DDoS.
Recent examples of 4Chan takedowns have been RIAA and MPAA, the agencies which enforce copyrights on behalf of the music and movie industry. However, it looks like 4Chan met their match today in the form of Tumblr, with both of them promising to take down each other.
The end result is for all to see. Both 4Chan and Tumblr are down and it looks like that they have both lost in this battle. Earlier 4Chan attacks have been largely anonymous and hard to detect, but this attack on Tumblr was pre-meditated and publicly known. This is why Tumblr users retaliated and bought down 4Chan too.
In the end, these types of attacks are really not worth it and will just make the internet more inaccessible to everyone. Imagine the millions of regular users of Tumblr and 4Chan who will not be able to access their services thanks to the feud run by people who aren’t even concerned about them.
In the end everyone is a loser, including both Tumblr and 4Chan users themselves.
4Chan the notorious board who go beyond anime images have brought down the piracy watchdogs of the music and media industry in a pre-meditated DDoS attack, which might definitely be a big blot on these two powerful agencies.
Piracy is hard to tackle, but the music industry has RIAA and MPAA who track torrents and other downloads by placing "moles" in the downloads that are then used to track illegal downloaders and then sue the hell out of them.
However, in an about turn the members of the notorious 4Chan board have struck at both the MPAA and RIAA, systematically taking down both of their websites through a DDoS attack started out by Anon of infamous 4Chan /b/ group.
The RIAA attack which was pre-meditated and openly published was even more devastating for the agency since they already had prior info on the attack and couldn’t do anything about it. Currently the RIAA websites are too slow to open and sometimes even fail to load.
So is the 4Chan group really targeting RIAA and MPAA for them coming after illegal users, or is this a show off of the powerful Internet democracy where everyone has a right to speak what they want to?
No statement yet from RIAA or MPAA, but it might not be a surprise if they decide to sue millions of Anon users for the DDoS attacks . This is probably the 4th high profile attack by 4Chan, with Gawker Media and Verizon being their other recent victims.
The famous forum members of 4chan have struck once again with an attack on Gawker Media properties. According to reports, this was the second attempt from 4chan members on Gawker properties in two days.
Though the attack yesterday was not successful, it looks like 4chan members were able to take down Gawker properties today through heavy DDoS type of attacks. 4chan members have been carrying out such attacks in the past too including on Verizon Wireless who had blocked 4chan.
Right now too some Gawker sites I tried to load have a very slow response time, it is not very clear whether the attack is still on or whether Gawker managed to do something about it.
(Village Voice and Gawker Blog Deadspin via Techmeme)