WikiLeaks under new cyber attack: Twitter feed

November 30th, 2010 in Technology / Internet
A woman reads an article that was posted on the WikiLeaks website in Schwerin, northeastern Germany. WikiLeaks said in a Twitter message that it is under a new cyber attack after a similar incident at the weekend just before the website began releasing secret US diplomatic cables.


A woman reads an article that was posted on the WikiLeaks website in Schwerin, northeastern Germany. WikiLeaks said in a Twitter message that it is under a new cyber attack after a similar incident at the weekend just before the website began releasing secret US diplomatic cables.

WikiLeaks said in a Twitter message on Tuesday that it was under a new cyber attack after a similar incident at the weekend just before the website began releasing secret US diplomatic cables.

"We are currently under another DDoS attack," WikiLeaks said on its official feed.

DDoS stands for distributed denial of service. 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 can overwhelm servers, slowing service or knocking it offline completely.

A later message on the WikiLeaks twitter said "DDoS attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second."

On Sunday, just as it began the release of some 250,000 US embassy cables, WikiLeaks said on Twitter the website had come under a DDoS .

But it insisted El Pais, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, The Guardian and the would go ahead with the publication of the first of such documents even if the WikiLeaks website was down.

WikiLeaks later circumvented the attack by creating a sub-website -- http://cablegate.wikileaks.org -- as its main -- http://wikileaks.org -- became inaccessible after the attack.

As of 1600 GMT on Monday, both websites were still online.

(c) 2010 AFP

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