WikiLeaks’ supporters are striking back at those hampering the controversial site. According to the New York Times:
Targets included Mastercard.com, which stopped processing donations for WikiLeaks; Amazon.com, which revoked server space from the group; the online payment service PayPal, which cut off its commercial cooperation; the lawyer representing the two Swedish women who have accused Mr. Assange in the sex case; and PostFinance, the Swiss postal system’s financial arm, which closed Mr. Assange’s account after saying he provided false information by saying that he resided in Switzerland.
The web sites for MasterCard and PostFinance were intermittently shut down.
A loosely-organized group of online hackers is allegedly responsible for the attacks, the Guardian reports.
A 22-year-old spokesman, who wished to be known only as “Coldblood”, told the Guardian that the group – which is about a thousand strong – is “quite a loose band of people who share the same kind of ideals” and wish to be a force for “chaotic good”.
There is no real command structure in the group, the London-based spokesman said, while most of its members are teenagers who are “trying to make an impact on what happens with the limited knowledge they have”. But others are parents, IT professionals and people who happen to have time – and resources – on their hands.
The group has gained notoriety for its attacks on copyright-enforcement agencies and organisations such as the Church of Scientology.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, remains in jail in London after his arrest yesterday on a Swedish rape charge.
Here are some of the latest stories on the cyberattacks: