Hacker claims credit for WikiLeaks takedown

Nov 29, 2010
A screengrab from the Wikileaks website. A computer hacker known as the "Jester" who calls himself a "hacktivist for good" is taking credit for temporarily taking down the WikiLeaks website.

A computer hacker known as the "Jester" who calls himself a "hacktivist for good" is taking credit for temporarily taking down the WikiLeaks website.

WikiLeaks.org came under a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Sunday shortly before it began releasing the first batch of some 250,000 US diplomatic cables.

The "Jester," a hacker who has targeted extremist websites in the past, claimed responsibility for the on in a message on his Twitter feed, @th3j35t3r.

"www.wikileaks.org - TANGO DOWN - for attempting to endanger the lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations #wikileaks #fail," the message from "Jester" said.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at computer security firm F-Secure, told AFP he believed the could carry out the attack on WikiLeaks.

"He's demonstrated previously that he is capable of launching effective denial-of-service attacks, and he's claimed the responsibility for this one as well," Hypponen said by email. "He has the capability and the motive."

Classic DDoS attacks occur when legions of "zombie" computers, normally machines infected with viruses, are commanded to simultaneously visit a website.

Such a massive onslaught of demand can overwhelm servers, slowing service or knocking it offline completely.

WikiLeaks eventually went ahead and began publishing the US diplomatic memos at another address, cablegate.wikileaks.org.

On his website, th3j35t3r.wordpress.com/, the "Jester" provides the following description of himself: "Hacktivist for good. Obstructing the lines of communication for terrorists, sympathizers, fixers, facilitators, oppressive regimes and other general bad guys."

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Arkaleus
3 / 5 (6) Nov 29, 2010
Mindless partisanship from a clueless electronic saboteur. What glory are you fighting for? The savagery of innocent blood? The conquest of nations like primitive barbarians? You profit nothing by madness.

Perpetual shame on treacherous Americans who betray their fathers and brothers by abandoning the Constitution in favor of a retarded, violent and short-lived empire.
LariAnn
2.6 / 5 (5) Nov 29, 2010
I'd like to see a DDoS attack on the real criminals, the ones who keep the truth from the American people, the ones whose tax dollars they pilfer for their "secret" agendas and world domination plans. This would be something good for America, for a change.
Caliban
2 / 5 (1) Nov 29, 2010
Ideologue shill, "Hacktivist for Good", or payrolled Company operative? Most hackers, at least from what I've read of them, would prefer to sow discord, and then profit from the inequalities created. "Activism" isn't at all their bailiwick, and for that reason, this seems suspect as the work of some altruist.

jimbo92107
4.5 / 5 (2) Nov 29, 2010
Jester, protecting the dirty secrets of corrupt governments, because that's "good."

Epic morality fail.
MarcoB
not rated yet Nov 30, 2010
Unfortunately people, wikileaks is looking more and more like a CIA front or Soros front, another source of disinformation using low level security leaks as a distraction to flood the media and keep them busy while the bigger picture is being missed completely.

Think about it, create something that whistleblowers think is the real deal and control the flow of information that otherwise would be directly leaked to newspapers.

America always seems to be wanting to shut it down, and they could in an instant, but instead the keep making empty threats through the media.
DaceCMongler
5 / 5 (2) Nov 30, 2010
Unfortunately people, wikileaks is looking more and more like a CIA front or Soros front, another source of disinformation using low level security leaks as a distraction to flood the media and keep them busy while the bigger picture is being missed completely.

Think about it, create something that whistleblowers think is the real deal and control the flow of information that otherwise would be directly leaked to newspapers.

America always seems to be wanting to shut it down, and they could in an instant, but instead the keep making empty threats through the media.


That would make sense if it were not for the fact that A, they have never done this before, why start now? And B, some, (or alot of) information that is released is info that a bunch of governments definitely did NOT want to see released in public.
Yellowdart
1 / 5 (1) Nov 30, 2010
And B, some, (or alot of) information that is released is info that a bunch of governments definitely did NOT want to see released in public.


Well if you read whats been released, most of it I dont find any more substantial than if it had been on E news. It's stuff one could already pick up on and frankly isnt surprising. It's just gossip in a sense.

As to your point A. Would you argue the same for an event like Katrina? Why build up the N.O. walls when "it's never happened before"...

Conspiracy or not, any major plot would also take time to put people in place, to set things up, and being in a constitutionally controlled america, youd have to dramatically change public sentiment.

Btw, the hacker doesnt do much good unless he can delete all their files...theylll just send it to Kinko's to be printed out for the newspapers.

Skepticus
1 / 5 (1) Dec 02, 2010
Good, good, good..! Jester, here's another bone for you!
Cheerio
not rated yet Dec 09, 2010
The "hacktivist for good" part is obviously the jest.