WikiLeaks under a DDOS Attack Following the News of a Big Release Tomorrow

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.


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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.