Wikileaks, Cyber-attacks And Wandsworth Prison.
It is interesting to see how the news agenda has moved away from the contents of the Wikileaks material to discussing cyber-attacks.
Instead of pondering what Wikileaks’ releases tells us about misrule, political complacency and the stupidity of the political classes we are debating what happened with Julian Assange.
Whilst his arrest is important it is also a convenient distraction from the meat of the issue, Cablegate.
Along with the cyber-attacks it is a diversion from what we should be concentrating on, what the Cablegate material tells us, what political issues does it illuminate.
That’s what we should be directing our gaze towards.
But if you are interested in the cyber attacks and counter-attacks then Panda Labs has good coverage:
“Update – 12/8/2010 – 9:00 PM
If you have been following our blog post today, then you may know that we were under a constant and steady DDoS attack throughout the day. In the spirit of this post, I’ll go ahead and announce that the PandaLabs blog sustained 139 service interruptions and over 5 hours of downtime today. It’s still unclear as to who exactly is to blame for the attack, but it’s obvious that they did not want these attacks documented for the general public.
People have been asking me all day if there is some sort of “patriot response” to Operation Payback and there is no doubt in my mind that an initiative does exist, but no one besides @Th3J35t3r has publicly “attacked back” and he/they still haven’t said anything about these latest attacks.
So, what makes me think that there is some sort of underground patriot response? Well, let’s take a look at the statistics….
The Operation Payback website has sustained a series of DDoS attacks despite being hosted on a “bulletproof” server specializing in anti-ddos and hosted in Russia.
Update – 12/9/2010 – 1:13 AM
There are currently over 500 computers in the voluntary botnet (LOIC Hivemind). They are all targeting paypal.com (note: not http://www.paypal.com), which has been unresponsive for the past 1 hour 20 minutes and counting. “
Update 1: Here is the new updated list of the mirrors, all 1368 of them.
Update 2: From this coverage, you can see what direction the story is headed in,