Russia Today: As a result of WikiLeaks, the Obama Administration may introduce a new bill that would allow government officials the ability to spy on Americans through the internet. Meanwhile, an army of hackers rally behind WikiLeaks by shutting down MasterCard and PayPal because they stopped all payments to WikiLeaks. Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen says we could see massive government surveillance of our personal computers, phones and surveillance of our internet activities.
Hackers Strike Back to Support WikiLeaks
CASSELL BRYAN-LOW in London And SVEN GRUNDBERG in Stockholm
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
A growing list of organizations and individuals that have tangled with WikiLeaks and its detained founder, Julian Assange, have suffered online attacks, in what appears to be an effort by hackers bent on exacting revenge for the document-leaking website.
The attacks stepped up Wednesday, a day after Mr. Assange was arrested and denied bail in London in connection with sexual-misconduct accusations in Sweden. A range of organizations, including MasterCard Inc., Visa Inc., and the Swedish prosecutor’s office, reported technical difficulties with their websites that appear to stem from so-called denial of service attacks, in which computers flood a server to prevent it from displaying a Web page.
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The attacks in recent days have hit eBay Inc.’s PayPal as well as MasterCard, both of which have pulled services from WikiLeaks in recent days. Also affected: Swiss bank PostFinance. The unit of Swiss Post recently closed Mr. Assange’s account, saying he provided a false address in Geneva, failing to meet the bank’s requirement of Swiss residency for account holders. While the attacks caused some business disruption, they were mostly annoying rather than crippling.
The Swedish Prosecution Service said Wednesday that its website had been flooded overnight by denial of service attacks. The prosecutors’ office said it reported the incident to Swedish police. The website for Claes Borgstrom, the lawyer representing the two women making the accusations against Mr. Assange, also crashed.
This article was posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm